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This collection of obituaries has been researched and compiled by Bruce Burlingham, historian of the U.S. Marine Raider Association. It is a part of our ongoing mission to preserve the memory of the Marines and Navy medical personnel who served in the U.S. Marine Raiders during World War II. Obituaries can be submitted to bburlingham@sbcglobal.net. All names are checked against the muster rolls and master roster to confirm that the deceased served in one or more of the four Raider battalions and two Raider regiments.

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BLAIRSVILLE, Ga. — Mr. Roger Burton Labouteley, age 89, of Kiloran Way, Blairsville, passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2011 in the Union County Nursing Home following an extended illness.

Mr. Labouteley was born on Jan. 1, 1922 in Palmer, the son of the late Gaston E. Labouteley and the late Alice Geer Labouteley. Roger graduated from the Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, and also the Kellogg School of Management, North Western University. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy of World War II and the Korean Wars. Roger served as Corpsman in World War II. He detached to the U.S. Marines and spent time in the Pacific Theater with the Edson's Raiders. He was awarded the Bronze Star with Valor. He was a member of the Edson's Raiders Association. Roger was Hospital Administrator with the Anna Jaques Hospital for several years. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Roger served his community and country with great pride. Mr. Labouteley attended the First United Methodist Church of Union County.

Surviving Mr. Labouteley are his loving wife of 60 years, Barbara Rafferty Labouteley of Blairsville; one daughter, Suzanne Burge of Springfield, Vt.; two grandchildren, Annaliese Burge and Perrin Burge, both of Vermont; several nieces, nephews, a host of dear friends and neighbors of Nottely Highlands, many other relatives and friends also survive.

A memorial service will be held at a later date with interment to follow in the Agawam Veterans Cemetery in Agawam. In lieu of flowers if you wish, donations may be made to a favorite charity of your choice in memory of Mr. Labouteley. Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville is in charge of the arrangements.


Gerald "Jerry" Ladwig, 82 of St. Joseph passed away Monday [May 22, 2006] at Lakeland Specialty Hospital, Berrien Center. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, May 26th at Christ Lutheran Church, 4333 Cleveland Avenue, Stevensville with Rev. Philip Quardokus officiating. Burial will follow in Hickory Bluff Cemetery, Stevensville. Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran Church or Christ Lutheran School. Visitation will held on Thursday, May 25th from 6-8 PM at Kerley-Starks & Menchinger Family Funeral Home, 2650 Niles Road, St. Joseph. Jerry was born September 17, 1923 in St. Joseph, Michigan to Reinhold & Ida (Kasischke)Ladwig. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1942, where he was a star football player. During WWII, Jerry served his nation proudly with an elite corps, the United States Marine Raiders 6th Division and was awarded two Purple Hearts for his valor. On Valentine's Day 1948, he married his sweetheart, Vally Gebengan, in Benton Harbor. She preceded him in death on October 8, 2003. He was a hard-working devoted man: a Master Plumber first working for Nobel & Price in Benton Harbor, and then for Ideal Plumbing until his retirement in 1982. Upon retirement, he served as a volunteer for 12 years as a shuttle bus driver for Lakeland Hospital. He loved football, he loved to fish, and he loved the Green Bay Packers. But most of all, he loved his family. Jerry is survived by two daughters: Susan (Dan) Lake of St. Joseph; Barbara (Walter) Blacha of Brighton MI; five grandchildren: Wendy (Todd) Roberts, Amanda Blacha (and her fiance Gentry Smith), Kimberly Blacha, Lisa (Glenn) Gast and Lindsey Lake; sister Virginia (Einar) Nelson of St. Joseph. He is also survived by three great-grandchildren: Samantha Roberts, Evan Roberts, Kayli Lake, and the little one who is on its way. Jerry was preceded by grandson, Mark Lake, July 1, 2003; three sisters: Mabel Ladwig, Leona Berkholz, and Beatrice Puterbaugh; three brothers:Ervin, Elmer, and George Ladwig.


John M. LaFontaine, known throughout the world of Alcoholics Anonymous as "Big Book John," died Monday, April 25, 2011 in San Diego, CA, at the age of 88. Born September 5, 1922, in Berthold, ND, he hopped a freight to Oregon and joined the U.S. Marine Corps the day after Pearl Harbor, trained at Camp Pendleton and served in the South Pacific, including at Guadalcanal. He was hospitalized for a tropical disease and returned to the Pacific on the day World War II ended. John lived in Northern and Southern California until 1973 when he and his wife, Beverly, moved to Albuquerque, then to Rio Rancho and started a construction company building custom homes until they returned to California in 1989. John got sober on October 16, 1961 and he carried the message to thousands of alcoholics, afflicted the comfortable and comforted the afflicted and began meetings that thrive to this day. He is survived by Beverly; three daughters; a son; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson and countless friends, sponsers, and a host of people who will miss him greatly. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2011 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 625 Pennsylvania Ave., San Diego, CA. A potluck celebration of John's life will be held at 6:00 p.m. on July 17, 2011 at Nativity Church School, 4th and Alameda NW, Albuquerque, marking the 32nd year of the Big Book Study that John started. In his memory, put in some extra when they pass the hat.


AUGUSTA -- O'Neil Gerard Lajoie, of Mount Vernon Avenue, died on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009, at the age of 88, at the Hospice Unit at the Veterans Affairs Medical and Regional Office Center at Togus. He was surrounded by his extensive family and the caring hospice staff.

Born in Van Buren on June 30, 1921, to Christopher and Alma (Dube) Lajoie, O'Neil then relocated with his family to the Augusta area in the early 1930s.

He married Lorette (Bernier) in 1949. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in June of this year.

O'Neil started his construction career at Wyman and Simpson in Augusta. He established his own company in 1960, initially with his brother, then bringing in his sons Kenneth, Steve and John, who took over the reins when he retired. Lajoie Brothers Construction continues today and employs several generations of Lajoie children along with many other employees. O'Neil felt a great sense of pride and accomplishment whenever he saw a Lajoie Brothers' truck, employee or project in operation.

O'Neil served in the Marine Corps from 1940 to 1945, carrying out the majority of his duties in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He ended his military career with honor as a gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps Raiders. He was twice wounded in battle and awarded two Purple Hearts. O'Neil was recently awarded the State of Maine Silver Star for his service and valor. He was extremely proud of his association with the Marine Corps Raiders and his service to his country.

O'Neil was a communicant of St. Augustine Catholic Church and was devoted to his faith in God and the church. He was a lifetime member of Le Club Calumet, the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks and the Disabled American Veterans.

Our father will be lovingly remembered for his commitment to his family, his strength, work ethic and his honesty and integrity. We will also fondly remember his ability to tell a story, share a laugh and have a good time with family and friends. Many will remember the regular outings in O'Neil's backyard as "the best of times."

The Lajoie family would like to express our sincerest gratitude and appreciation to the doctors, nurses and staff in the palliative care and hospice unit at Togus. Our father was able to live his final days with dignity, respect and love and, for that, we will be forever grateful.

O'Neil was predeceased by his son, Robert "Bobby" Lajoie in 1983; his grandson, Jason Stoddard, in 2000; and his brothers Raymond, Armand and Joseph Lajoie.

He is survived by his wife, Lorette; four sons, Kenneth and his wife, Lois (Hibbert), Stephen and his wife, Cheryl (Stoddard), John and his wife, Debbie (Marshall), all of Augusta, and Jeffrey and his wife, Kristine (Beverly), of La Vista, Neb.; five daughters, Barbara and her husband, Carl Fenwick, of Sidney, Elaine and her husband, Michael Barden, of Augusta, Jeanne Lajoie, of Portland, Christine Lajoie-Cameron and her husband, Jack Cameron, of Manchester, and Gail Lajoie, of Falmouth; two sisters, Aurora Hook of Silver Spring, Md., and Arline Hawkins, of Augusta; 17 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

At the family's request, there will be no visiting hours. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at St. Augustine's Catholic Church. A private committal ceremony with military honors will take place at the Maine Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, Augusta.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation in O'Neil's memory to Veterans' Affairs, Togus Hospice Unit, Togus, VAMC, 1 VA Center, Augusta, ME 04330.

Arrangements are under the care of Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant St., Augusta.


Earl M. Lambert passed away on Sunday October 5, 2008 at the age of 86 years.

Beloved husband of Joyce Butler Lambert of Ponchatoula. Loving father of Earl M. Lambert II (Susan) of Houston, TX, Betty Lambert Tallo (Vincent O.) of Baton Rouge, Robert (Bobby) L. Lambert (Susie), Carol Lambert-LaNasa (Jimmy) and William (Billy) D. Lambert (Ce-Ce) of Ponchatoula.

Also survived by 14 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by two brothers, Arthur Lambert Jr. and Leonard L. Lambert and one granddaughter, Amy Kathryn Tallo.

Mr. Lambert forged a brotherhood with his fellow U.S. Marine Raiders that endured throughout his life. He dedicated 44 years of his life as a loyal employee of Western Electric. He had a life long passion for making old cars new and was a good master of the dogs that loved him. He left great memories for his wife, children and grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home Chapel, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd. (in Metairie Cemetery) on Wednesday, October 8, 2008 at 12:00 PM.

Interment in Metairie Cemetery. Friends may visit after 10:00 AM.

Memorial donations may be sent to Parkinson’s Disease Foundation 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018 or Vital Hospice, 1320 N. Morrison Blvd., Hammond, LA 70401.


Bob R.G. Lambson, 84, died early Thursday morning, December 18, 2008. He was born April 6, 1924, in the town of Leslie, Idaho, population 8. He grew up with his father in Boise, graduating from Boise High in 1941. He then visited his mother in Los Angeles, California, just in time to be involved in World War II. Joining the Marine Raiders, a prestigious fighting force, he saw action at Bougainville, the Solomon Islands, Guam, Okinawa, and the Occupation of Japan. After his discharge on December 6, 1945, he attended Riverside Junior College receiving his Associate of Arts degree in June of 1947. He returned to the Los Angeles area, attending U.S.C. to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in June of 1949 and his Master of Science Degree in 1950. Then came the Korean Conflict; being in the reserves he was called up again, subsequently going to officers' training school in Quantico, Virginia, where he earned the rank of first lieutenant. He was discharged in June 1952. Bob's interest in working with children led him to the field of education. He taught for awhile in the San Bernardino area. After earning a second Master's Degree in Education from U.S.C. in June, 1955, he began teaching in Santa Monica at John Adams Junior High School becoming a counselor and then vice principal. At this point he decided to go back to school again. He earned a Doctorate Degree in Education at Oregon State in June, 1963. He returned to Southern California and became a counselor at Santa Monica City College and then was selected to be principal of John Adams Junior High in 1964. He married Patricia Wynn Golden, August 1, 1970. After a very successful career as John Adams' principal, he retired in 1978. He enjoyed his retirement with his wife, Patricia, and their travels all over the world. He was a devoted son to his mother Ina, as well as a loving and teasing stepfather to Hugh Golden, Claudia Golden Cobabe and Claudia's husband, Robert Cobabe and step-grandfather to Holly Cobabe Henderson, and Tyler, Allison and Benjamin Cobabe. He will be greatly missed by us all.


Funeral services for Mr. Eugene Thomas Lampley Jr., 86, of Bon Aqua, were held Friday, Dec. 26, 2008 at the chapel of the Taylor Funeral Home with Bro. Calvin Parker officiating. Burial followed at Parker Fowlkes Cemetery.

Mr. Lampley died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2008 at his home.

He was a retired soil scientist and consultant with the federal, state and local governments.

A native of Williamson County, he was the son of the late Eugene Thomas Sr. and Myrtle Richardson Lampley.

He was a member of the Brown’s Chapel Church of Christ and he had served his country as a Marine Raider. He served in the Solomon Islands during World War II. He was the closest living survivor to the Port Chicago explosion. He was also married to the late Nancy Jarrell Lampley who died in 2005.

Survivors include his sons, Mark Lampley and his wife, Sherry of Bon Aqua and Michael Lampley and his fiancé, Karen Knight of Dickson; sister, Ms. Eugenia Lampley of Dickson; three grandsons and three great-grandsons; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled Veterans.


SCOTTSVILLE — Edward Carline "Sharpy" Landrum, 87, died May 26, 2009, at the Alvin C. York Veterans Facility in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

He was born Feb. 11, 1922. He was a Marine Raider serving in World War II under Col. Roosevelt in the Pacific Theater and a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He was a son of the late Basil Mills Landrum and Stella Evans Landrum. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Yvonne "Tootsie" Reynolds and Joann Norris.

Funeral is at 2 p.m. Thursday at T.W. Crow & Son Funeral Home, with burial in Allen County Memorial Gardens. Visitation is from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The funeral home will be open for visitation at regular times Thursday.

Survivors include his wife, Anna Sarver Landrum of Bowling Green; a son, Scott Mills Landrum and his wife, Olivia Kay, of Weatherford, Texas; three grandchildren, Patrick and Evan Landrum, both of Fort Worth, Texas, and Emma Caroline Landrum of Weatherford; two sisters, Jean Garmon of Bowling Green and Alene Gibbs of Indianapolis; and a brother, Billy Landrum of Lafayette, Tenn.


Robert E. Lano, 84, of Oak Harbor, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, in Cottage Cove at Riverview Senior Health Care Campus in Oak Harbor, surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren.

He was born June 14, 1923, in Port Clinton, the son of the now deceased Charles and Antoinette (Schmitt) Lano. His skills as a welder and fabricator provided years of support on the family farm where he made his loving home with Mary and their six children. Bob retired in 1987 from the DeVilbis Co. where he was employed as a welding engineer. Bob was a proud veteran of World War II serving as an elite Marine Raider, 4th Battalion, of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the South Pacific area and the Central Pacific area and participated in battles in Emirau Island, St. Matthias Group, Guam and Marianas Island. He was wounded in action in Guam July 26, 1944, and was awarded the Purple Heart. He then spent a year and one day in naval hospitals. Bob was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, American Legion and VFW; was a charter member of the Marine Raider Association; and a member of the Lou Diamond Chapter of the Marine Corps League.

Surviving are his daughters, Maureen (Carl) Blum of Boonton Twp., N.J., Kate (Denny) Howerth of Port Clinton, Susie (Mark) Charlton of Oak Harbor and Roberta (Mike) Watson of Pickerington; son, Richard (Jami) Lano of Port Clinton; and son-in-law, Mike Pahl of Pickerington; 14 grandchildren; five step grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren; brother, Jack Lano of Anaheim, Calif.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary (Hopfinger) on June 14, 2003; daughter, Teddy Pahl on Feb. 13, 2002; and his parents.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Sunday in Neidecker, LeVeck and Crosser Funeral Home, Port Clinton, where Marine Corps League services will be 11 a.m. Monday followed by burial in Riverview Cemetery with full graveside military rites.

Memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice or St. Jude's Children's Hospital.


Lansdale, Paul K., age 93, of Maitland, FL, passed away on Monday, January 30, 2012. Paul was born on May 8, 1918 in Atlanta, GA to the late Harrison G. and Dora Mae (Keller) Lansdale.

Paul moved to Central Florida in the late 1920's and graduated from Orlando High School. Paul served his country as a U.S. Marine during WWII as a member of the Marine Raider Battalion in the Pacific Islands and subsequently was stationed in New Zealand.

Upon returning to the U.S. after WWII, Paul and his wife Aline (Nilsson) Lansdale settled in Maitland, FL. where he lived for the remainder of his life. Paul and his beloved wife Aline were married for over 50 years until her death in 1999.

Paul is survived by his children; Jannett (DeWitt) Casler of Richmond, VA, and Eugene (Diana) Lansdale of Lakeland, FL. Grandchildren; Kimberly Heckemeyer, Sam and Ben Lansdale, and DeWitt and James Casler, also surviving are 4 great-grandchildren, and his nephew; Jimmy Lansdale of Pompano Beach, FL.

Paul is preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother, and one son; Geoffrey.

Graveside services will be held at Glen Haven Memorial Park on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Paul's name to the Hospice House at Hospice of the Comforter in Altamonte Springs, FL. Arrangements entrusted to Carey Hand Cox-Parker Funeral Home, Winter Park, FL.


John F. "Jack" Lartz, 76, a retired official of the U.S. Information Agency and a veteran of World War II, died of a heart ailment March 22, 1999 at his home on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Mr. Lartz was a Washington native and a graduate of Roosevelt High School. He served in the Marine Corps in Edson's Raiders in the Pacific in World War II and was wounded in action. His military decorations included the Purple Heart.

After the war, Mr. Lartz graduated from the University of Maryland. In 1949, while still a student, he became a photographer for The Washington Post. In the early 1950s, he joined the old International News Service. He was a member of the White House News Photographers Association.

In 1956, he began his career with the USIA as a writer and photographer. He served two tours of duty in the Philippines as an information officer. He was assigned to Voice of America when he retired in 1982.

A former resident of Rockville, Mr. Lartz had lived on Hilton Head since 1989.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth "Betty" Lartz of Hilton Head; two children, Carole Goodwin of Atlanta and John F. Lartz III of Poolesville; a sister, Jane E. Schneider of Berlin, Md.; and four grandchildren.

Inurnment, with military honors, Arlington National Cemetery Columbarium, Wednesday, April 7, at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to World War II Memorial, American Battle Monument Commission, P.O. Box 96766, Washington, DC 20005.


Edward R. Layland, 86, of Detroit Lakes, died Sunday, November 1, 2009 at the Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes.

Edward Richard Layland was born to Charles and Belle (Raynard) Layland on Sept. 5, 1923 in LaCrosse, Wis. He grew up and attended school in LaCrosse. He then valiantly served his country during World War II, in the 4th Marine Raiders. He received numerous medals and commendations.

On July 1, 1946 he was united in marriage to Rita Brasda. They made their home in LaCrescent, Minn., and Edward worked as a carpenter. He later moved to Osage, where he resided for 25 years before moving to the Lamplighter in Detroit Lakes three years ago. Edward moved to Emmanuel Nursing Home earlier this year.

Edward’s hobbies included hunting and fishing. His family would like to express a special thank you to all of Edward’s loving friends and the wonderful staff at Lamplighter and Emmanuel Nursing Home.

Surviving Edward are his three daughters, Linda (Larry) Soland of Houston, Minn., Joan (Jim) Falk of Creighton, Mo., and Norma Milligan of Temple, Texas; one son, David Layland of St. Paul; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Preceding him in death was his daughter, Rita.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, at Emmanuel Nursing Home in Detroit Lakes, with visitation for one hour prior to services.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes.


Former Palmer resident Phillip Lazenby, 85, went to be with the Lord on Jan. 28 [2009] in Bellevue, Wash.

Mr. Lazenby was born April 29, 1923, in Long Beach, Calif., to Ivy and Alfred Lazenby. He joined the Marine Corps during WWII and fought in many battles in the South Pacific – Semper Fi.

After the war, he married his wife, Peggy, on Aug. 26, 1947. They were married for over 61 years. They followed Phil’s dream to live in Alaska and arrived in Anchorage in 1949, where they lived in a walled, tent-house on Ship Creek for the first year. His first job was with Anchorage Sand & Gravel. They then moved to Palmer in the Matanuska Valley, Butte area, where they built a 20-by-20-foot cabin and raised their four children. For many years Phil worked as a powder monkey at the Jonesville coal mine near Sutton. Many days he would come home from working in sub-zero weather at the strip mine; with so much coal dust on his face and clothes that you could hardly recognize him. While living in the Mat-Su Valley he also gave vegetable farming a try. Phil was a true Alaska pioneer and was drawn to all Alaska had to offer. He loved the fishing, hunting, camping, clamming, crabbing and Robert Service poetry. The entire family was included on many of his adventures. In the early days, tent camping was the preferred method of shelter. Later on in life, a motorhome replaced the tent, the first of which was a Winnebago.

In 1968 he moved his family to the Kenai Peninsula where he worked for Chevron at the Swanson River Field. He absolutely loved his job at Chevron and the many friends he worked with. At home, on Longmere Lake, you could always see the smoke lifting effortlessly above the chimney and feel the warmth of a well-stoked stove as you entered. After retirement from Chevron, the loss of their home to an electrical fire, and several medical issues; they moved to Bellevue, Wash., in 1983. Leaving Alaska did not curtail his search for adventure. He took many motor home trips around the southern 48. Even though he used a cane; keeping up with him on his daily walks was challenging.

Phil’s quick wit, easygoing attitude and love for his family will be remembered by all. We miss you Dad.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 61 years; brother, Jack Lazenby of Orange County, Calif.,; sister-in-law Rose Stimson and husband Mel of Bellevue, Wash.; sons, Sam Lazenby and wife Barb, of Anchorage; Ron Lazenby and wife Pam of Kenai; Randy Lazenby of Bellevue, Wash.; daughter, Vicki Myers and husband Chris of Kenai; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date in Kenai. Memorial donations may be made in memory of Phillip Lazenby to www.toysfortots.org.


William V. (Bill) Lazetich was born Oct. 16, 1916, to Peter and Mary Lazetich. One of nine children, he grew up on the family dairy farm in Anaconda. He attended Lost Creek School and Anaconda High where he played basketball on the State Championship "Wonder Team" and received a scholarship to the University of Montana in Missoula.

Bill was the first junior in U of M history to win the coveted Grizzly Cup, the award given to the student with the highest all-around excellence in athletics, scholarship and outstanding service to the University. He was one of the few Grizzly athletes to earn nine varsity letters in three sports. Upon graduation, Bill played professional football for the Cleveland Rams and was later inducted into the U of M Athletic Hall of Fame.

During World War II, Bill served in the Pacific and saw extensive action with the highly decorated First Marine Raider Battalion. He rose to the rank of Captain and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds suffered in Okinawa. Upon recovery, he rejoined his troops and on Aug. 30, 1945, he became one of the first Americans to set foot in a defeated Japan.

When Bill returned to Montana to teach and coach, he met the real ‘love of his life,’ Daisy Pekich. They were married on July 20, 1947, and celebrated fifty-five great years and four children. They enjoyed more than thirty years of teaching and coaching at Billings Senior High, three state championships (Football 1947, Basketball 1960 and 1967), AA Coach of the Year, and induction into the Montana High School Coach’s Hall of Fame. In retirement, ‘Marshall’ Bill "worked" for Pro Paul Allen at the Yellowstone Country Club…and Daisy enjoyed every moment.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife Daisy; his parents; brothers and sisters. He is survived by his daughter Sandra (Mel) Wattula, Andy (Camila) Wattula and Charlie; son Pete (Cindy) Lazetich, Johnno (Jamie) Lazetich, Nina (Luke) Hammerness; daughter Karen (Mike) Moses, Brandy (Patrick) Straub, Lindsey (Stephen) Guccione and Tymer; and daughter Maria (Jim) Kiplinger, Maddie and Will.

Gentleman, Coach, Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great grandfather… Bill passed away on Nov. 18, 2009.

Our Hearts to Bob Zupan…the best coach and friend anyone could ask for…by Dad’s side on the bench in basketball and life…win or lose…good days and bad…you made every team a "Wonder Team" and every day a "Wonder Day."

Special Thanks to Dr. Steve Gerstner and to the St. John’s Powers Cottage "Wonder Team" for their extraordinary care and caring given Dad and our entire family. God Bless Chiemi, Jaylene, Faith, Stacey, Jackie, Angie, Megan, Felicia, Tara, Kathryn, Talitha, Chad, and Vicki.

Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 24, at 1 p.m., Kathy Lillis Chapel, 2429 Mission Way in Billings. Memorials may be made to the Education Foundation for Billings Public Schools, 415 N 30th, Billings MT 59101 or charity of choice.

Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary has charge of arrangements.


Melvin J. Learst, age 88, a lifetime resident of Clinton Township, died Sunday, March 15, 2009, at South Haven Community Hospital. He was born October 27, 1920, in Chatham, Ontario, Canada to Albert and Dora (Deacon) Learst. Melvin, though a Canadian, served with the 3rd U.S. Marine Raider Battalion during World War II. He was granted citizenship in 1946. Melvin married Grace Turner on August 19, 1944. Melvin worked for Michcon Gas Company for 35 years retiring in 1986. He was preceded in death along with his parents by his son, Thomas Allen Learst who died in 1964. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Eva Grace Learst of South Haven; one daughter, Joanne (David) Putman of South Haven; one granddaughter, Emily (David) Davich of Spotsylvania, Virginia. No services are scheduled at this time. The family is being helped by the Filbrandt Family Funeral Home of South Haven (269)637-0333.


Pvt. Elmo LeBleu, son of Mr. and Mrs. Pascal LeBleu of Lake Charles, was killed in action [July 9, 1943] while on duty with the U.S. Marines; his family was notified this week. Pvt. LeBleu had been in the Marines since September, 1942.

Surviving him besides his parents are five sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Elliott, Mrs. Katherine Cole, Mrs. Agnes Arvile, Mrs. Helen Airhart, all of Lake Charles, and Mrs. Dorothy Mae Suydam of Florida; and four brothers, Creighton, Weber, Pascal, Jr., and Willard who is in the U.S. Marine Corps stationed at Beaufort, S.C.

Pvt. was last heard from in the Guadalcanal area, and members of the family were not advised as to where the action occurred in which he lost his life.

He attended Marion High School.


George F. Lemister, 87, former Valley Resident, died at Van Duyn Home and Hospital on Monday [August 18, 2008].

Born in Syracuse, NY he was an employee of General Electric and a bartender at the Valley Legion. George was a Marine Veteran of WW II serving in the Guadalcanal – Tulagi Invasion and the Battle of New Georgia, Solomon Islands. He was a member of the American Legion Valley Post 1468.

Surviving are his special friend, Olga Long of Syracuse, nieces and nephews, Pamela (Corky) Sprague of Liverpool, Deb (Jack) Ennis and Sheila Connors, all of Georgia, John (Carolyn) Connors of Massachusetts.

At George’s request, he has donated his body to SUNY Medical University. There are no funeral services scheduled. The family wishes to thank the staff of the 5th floor at Van Duyn for their exceptional care given to George.


Henry F. Lenkoski , 80, of Zion, died on Saturday, July 13, 2002 at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, Zion. Henry was born June 22, 1922 in Pittsburgh, PA. He was a member of Laborers International Union of North America, Local #300 of California, and he served with the 1st Marine Raiders in Guadalcanal during World War II. He was dearly loved by friends and family and will be missed by all.

Survivors include his children Dennis K. Lenkoski of Antioch, Connie (Terry) Nelson of Zion and Karen (Robert) Russell of Round Lake, Illinois; six grandchildren: Theresa (Kevin) Johnson, Patty (Jim) Gregerson, Harold (April) Nelson, Kimberly (Kevin) Cobb, Brian Lenkoski and Nikki White; seven great-grandchildren: Justin Gregerson, Jason Johnson, Michael, Timothy, Brittany and Kevin Cobb, Jr. and Sabrina Nelson; three sisters, Helen (Wally) Kumza of Huntington Beach, California and Dolores Cimoch and Vicky Lenkoski , both of Pittsburgh; and one brother, Mike Lenkoski also of Pittsburgh.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Frederick Lenn and Joe Lenkoski ; by two sisters, Francis Horchler and Stella Hooper; and by his parents, Hieronim and Mary (nee Kwiatek) Lenkowski .

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, July 17, 2002 at 10:30AM at the Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion with Chaplains Bill Oestreich of Sheridan Health Care Center and Willis Mayfield officiating.

Interment will follow at Mt. Olivet Memorial Park, Zion. Visitation will be Tuesday, July 16, 2002 from 5:00 until 8:00PM at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to the family c/o Congdon Funeral Home, 3012 Sheridan Road, Zion.


Norman J. Lenz, 85, of Sebewaing, died Saturday, February 25, 2006, at Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center in Saginaw following a four-month illness. He was born May 13, 1920 in Sebewaing, son of the late Roman and Amelia (Strochein) Lenz. He was married to Katherine M. Brinkman on December 4, 1943 in Sebewaing. She preceded him in death on July 27, 2005 after 61 years of marriage. Norm had been a gentleman farmer in the Sebewaing area for many years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church, the Sebewaing V.F.W. Post No. 4115, Sebewaing American Legion Post No. 293, Disabled American Veterans and the Farm Bureau. He loved cruising and card playing. Surviving are two daughters and their spouses, Jean Kay and Gene Seibel, of Gaylord, and Sandra Lynn and Roger Jenkins, of Northville; four grandchildren and their spouses, Christine and Scott Steensma, Matthew Seibel, Jennifer Jenkins, and Jessica and Mike Hans; two great-grandchildren, Eowyn and Taran; three sisters, Clara Nitz, of Sebewaing, Amanda Kruse, of Cedar Springs, and Ella Marries, of Rochester, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Hulda Fralick and Alma Rockefeller; and three brothers, Rudolph, Reinhart and Raymond Lenz. The funeral will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 27, 2006, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sebewaing. The Rev. Daniel Hahn will officiate with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today at the Dinkel-Juengel Funeral Home in Sebewaing. He will lie in state at the church from 10 a.m. on Monday until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider Immanuel Lutheran Church, Radio Mission Fund, Stephen Ministries, or the Sebewaing V.F.W. Post No. 4115.


Services for Calvin Lepien, 80, of Redford Township were today, Thursday, Jan. 9, in Fisher Funeral Home, with burial at Parkview Cemetery. Officiating was the Rev. Mearl Bradley, Michigan State Police Chaplain.

Mr. Lepien was born July 14, 1922, in Ann Arbor, and died Jan. 2, 2003, in Ann Arbor. He was a retired Michigan State Police detective lieutenant. He was a former U.S. Marine Raider and a member of the American Legion.

Surviving are his children, Glenn (Toshiko) Lepien, Barbara (Larry) Walton and Della (Steve) Resetar; and three grandchildren.

Mr. Lepien was preceded in death by his wife, Harriet, November 1992.


PRICE/BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz. - Peter Paul Liapis, age 83, passed away peacefully July 29, 2007 at his home in Bullhead City, Ariz.

He was born Oct. 31, 1923 in Mohrland to Paul and Foto Lambrinos Liapis. Married Alberta Leo in the Greek Orthodox Church in Price prior to moving to California.

Pete enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at the beginning of WWII, spending three years of combat in the Pacific. He was wounded at Guam and the Marianas Islands and received the Purple Heart while serving with the Carlson Raider Battalion.

Pete returned to Carbon County, where he was a member of the Carbon College championship football team. He was honored as a member of the all-conference football team in 1947 when they won the championship.

Pete won many boxing titles, including the international heavy weight title of AAU. His success in amateur boxing led him to move to Fullerton, Calif., where he was a counselor and coach for the Fullerton Boys Club for 23 years.

Pete was associated with many professional sports dignitaries who held him in the highest esteem. His association with Rick Miller, director of 11 Boys Clubs of Phoenix and founder of the Kids for Hope National Foundation was Pete's life career.

After retirement from the Fullerton Boys Club, he was a successful businessman owning hotels in California and Arizona. But in his heart and mind, he was always the athletic director of the Fullerton Boys Club.

May his memory be eternal.

Survived by his loving wife, Alberta, Bullhead City, Ariz.; sons, Rock, Bullhead City, Ariz.; Peter Jr., Los Angeles, Calif.; daughter, Faye Schumacher, Redding, Calif.; sisters, Sylvia (John) Platis, Dorothy Kay, Helen Maxfield; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents and brothers, George and Harry Liapis.

Funeral service Saturday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m., Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, Price. Trisagion service, Friday evening, 7 p.m., Mitchell Funeral Home. Family will be at Mitchell's Friday and Saturday one hour prior to service. Committal, Price City Cemetery.


Charles William Liebig, 85, of Seal Beach, formerly of San Diego, died Dec. 14 [2006]. He was born in St. Joseph, Mo., and was a district chief for San Diego County Social Services. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and was a member of the American Legion and the VFW.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa Do; daughters, Diane Liebig, Tini Nakashima and Tina Liebig; brother, Merrill Liebig; and two grandchildren.

Visitation: 2 to 8 p.m. today, Greenwood Mortuary, 4300 Imperial Ave., San Diego.

Services: 9 a.m. tomorrow, Garden Chapel, Greenwood Mortuary.

Interment: after services, Greenwood Memorial Park.


LeRoy Stephen Lillig died Thurs., Feb. 14, 2008, at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City after an extended illness. He lived 89 years, 9 months and 24 days.

LeRoy was born April 21, 1918, in Keota, the son of Peter and Anna (Meicher) Lillig. He attended St. Mary’s School in Keota. He served as a Corporal in the U.S. Marines 4th Division, 6th Battalion during World War II. He was also a member of Colonel Edson’s Raiders, an elite sharpshooter unit. He received two Purple Heart Awards, an American Campaign Award and a World War II Victory Medal. On July 11, 1947, he was united in marriage to Margaret A. McNurlen in Cedar Rapids. He worked as a scaleman for River Products Quarry for over 20 years, retiring in 1988. He lived in Keota all of his life, wintering in Texas the last 20 years. He was a member of Holy Trinity Parish- St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Keota. He was a lifetime member of the Keota V.F.W. Post #4716. He enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, but most of all spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife Margaret Lillig of Keota; a daughter Susan (Bill) Messner of Sterling Colo.; a daughter-in-law Linda Lillig of Omaha, Neb.; 9 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and 9 great- great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; a son Michael; and 11 brothers and sisters.

Mass of the Resurrection was held at 10:30 am on Tues., Feb. 19 at Holy Trinity Parish St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Keota, with Fr. Charles Fladung officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date. Visitation took place Mon., Feb. 18 from 4 to 7 pm, with a Wake Service at 7 pm at the Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Keota.

Memorials may be given to the Keota QRS. Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Keota is handling the arrangements.


Charles Lindberg, the Marine who raised the first American flag at Iwo Jima during WWII, died Sunday [June 24, 2007] at the age of 86.

Soon after Chuck Lindberg helped raise the first American flag atop Mount Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima, he returned to the fight. A few hours later, another group of Marines hoisted a larger flag, in a scene etched in history by a prize-winning photo. Lindberg, the last survivor among the men who raised that first American flag on Japanese soil during World War II, died Sunday in Edina. The longtime Richfield resident was 86; today would have been his 87th birthday.

Before Iwo Jima, Lindberg had already been in two island campaigns, Guadalcanal and Bougainville, as part of an elite outfit called Carlson's Raiders that operated behind enemy lines.

On Iwo Jima, where he manned a flamethrower, he earned the Silver Star for valor. One day early in the campaign, he and a colleague made repeated attacks on fortified Japanese positions.

"You can't run too good with that 72-pound weapon on your back," he told the Star Tribune in 1985. "But you duck and dodge the best you can."

Later during the ferocious battle for the Pacific island, Lindberg was evacuated after being shot in the right forearm, and he received a Purple Heart.

The raising of the first flag on Iwo Jima on Feb. 23, 1945, was captured by photographer Sgt. Lou Lowery.

Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal snapped the picture of the second flag going up four hours later, after the first one was lowered. That photo won a Pulitzer Prize and immortalized the men in it. It also became the model for the Marine Corps Memorial statue in Arlington, Va.

When the iconic picture was taken, Lindberg was no longer on top of the mountain. He was fighting Japanese soldiers hiding in caves only yards from the flag.

After his discharge from the military in January 1946, Lindberg went home to Grand Forks, N.D. He moved to the Twin Cities in 1951 and became an electrician.

No one, he said, believed him when he said he raised the first flag at Iwo Jima. "I was called a liar," Lindberg once said.

He spent his final years trying to raise awareness of the first flag-raising, speaking to veterans groups and at schools.

In 1995, the Marine Corps helped set the record straight, when Lindberg was flown to a reunion of war veterans on Iwo Jima.

Shortly before his flight, Lindberg said that not a day went by that he didn't think of the war: "It seems like just yesterday for me."

Also in 1995, the Minnesota Legislature passed a resolution in Lindberg's honor. He is included in several Minnesota war memorials.

The city of Richfield, where Lindberg made his home since 1953, has helped to recognize him, too.

A bronze bust of him will be included in the monument to all veterans that is being built at Veterans Memorial Park in the city. The monument is expected to be completed in July 2008.

"He was such a modest man, and he didn't get the recognition until recently for what he has done," said Steve Devich, Richfield's city manager. "I wished so much he would have been around to see the dedication of that memorial," said Devich.

Lindberg was an active member of the Fred Babcock VFW Post 5555 in Richfield. Until the past year, when ill health limited his ability to get out, he and his wife, Vi, continued to help put on festivities and help homebound veterans.

"Chuck was a very quiet person. You couldn't have a nicer guy. Chuck was the one who would help any veteran," said Mike Brand, commander of the Babcock VFW post.

In addition to his wife of 59 years, he is survived by daughters Diane Steiger of Burnsville and Karen Davidson of Roseau, Minn.; sons Rod of Ely, Minn., Rick of Hermantown, Minn., and Jeff of Ramsey; sisters, Dorothy Wencl of Washington state and Margaret Thurber of Anoka, and 15 grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the Fort Snelling Chapel, Historic Fort Snelling, at Hwy. 55 and Hwy. 5.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel, 6527 Portland Av., Richfield, and at 10 a.m. Friday at the Fort Snelling Chapel.


David Garvin Lindsey, Sr., 85, of Roanoke, died Saturday evening, December 23, 2006 at his home. Garvin was a Staff Sergeant serving with the United States Marine Corps (Edson's Raiders) during World War II. After leaving the military, he and his late brother, Emmett Lindsey, founded Concrete Ready Mixed Corporation and Castle Sands Company. He has served as President and Board Member of the Virginia Ready Mixed Concrete Association and has served on the Boards of National Ready Mixed Concrete Association; Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce; Evergreen Burial Park and Mountain View Memorial Park. Garvin was a member and deacon emeritus at Rosalind Hills Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Hampton and Hettie Ferrell Lindsey; his first wife, Clarice (Judy) McCoy Lindsey; his brothers, James Millard Lindsey and Emmett W. Lindsey; his sisters, Lorine Anderson and Reba Athey and his son-in-law Laurence Carr. Surviving are his wife, Mary Jo Lindsey; his sons, David G. Lindsey, Jr., and wife Donna of New Castle and Robert M. (Bobby) Lindsey and wife Becky of Roanoke; his daughters, Catherine (Cathy) Carr of Salem and Deborah (Debbie) Lindsey of Roanoke; his grandchildren, Vanessa Brunner and husband Rob, David G. Lindsey, III and wife Tina, Brittany Lindsey, Natalie Carr and Daniel Lindsey; a great-grandson, Scott Brunner; his sister, Betty L. Scruggs of Roanoke; his sisters-in-law, Audrey Lindsey, Marguerite Olinger, Peggy Price and Norma Rutledge; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special caregiver, Barbara Mullins, whom the family thanks for being so good to Garvin during his illness. A service celebrating his life will be held at Oakey's South Chapel, Thursday, December 28, 2006; 2 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Tom Stocks officiating. Interment in Evergreen Burial Park. Garvin loved his church and the family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Rosalind Hills Baptist Church Building Fund, 2711 Laburnum Ave, Roanoke, Va., 24015. The family will receive friends Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Oakey's South Chapel (989-3131).


Hilbert F. Linting, Sr., age 79, August 5, 2002. Beloved husband of the late Jeanette. Loving father of Carol, Larry (Gloria), Judy (Chet), Willie, Linda (Duane) and Katie (Paul). Dearest grandfather of Michele, Jennifer, Samantha, Nicole and great-granddaughter Lauren. Visitation Tuesday 1-9 pm. Funeral Wednesday 11:00 am at the Jarzembowski Funeral Home 18957 W. Warren (at Artesian). Interment St. Hedwig Cemetery.


MELLEN -- Fred C. Linton, 77, of Mellen, died Saturday, Aug. 14, 1999, at Mellen Manor Nursing Home.

He was born Dec. 9, 1921, in Indianapolis, Ind., the son of the Rev. Thomas and Bess Linton. He graduated from Lebanon, Indiana High School.

On Jan. 9, 1946, in Los Angeles, Calif., he married Louise Krueger. He retired from Cahodas Paoli Food Services of Ironwood, Mich., in 1987. He was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Mellen, the Mellen VFW, American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, and Edson Raider Marine Organization. Fred served his country during World War II in the U.S. Marine Corps Raiders. He was awarded the Purple Heart and Silver Star for gallantry in action. Fred enjoyed fishing, baseball, basketball, and spending time with his family. Fred, you will be missed by your family.

He is survived by his wife, Louise, Mellen; a son, Michael (Barb) Linton, Marengo; granddaughters, Michelle (Brian) Basolo, Independence, and Sara (Andrew) Wickman, Marengo; and great-grandchildren, Brandon and Brianna Basolo, Savannah Wickman, and Christopher Michael Parker.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Memorial Service at the Novitzke Funeral Home in Mellen, with Fr. Gerald Hagen officiating.

Inurnment will be in the Mellen Union Cemetery, Mellen, with military rites accorded by the Mellen VFW.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established in his name.

Arrangements are by the Novitzke Funeral Home in Mellen.


Washington (AP)--Brig. Gen. Harry B. Liversedge, 57, whose 28th Marine Regiment figured in the historic "raising of the flag" on Iwo Jima in World War II, died today [November 25, 1951] in the Navy Medical center in Bethesda, Md.

The Iwo Jima campaign produced the famous picture of a group from the 28th's "Easy" Company raising the Stars and Stripes over Mount Suribachi Feb. 23, 1945. Liversedge's part in the operation won him a gold star in lieu of a second Navy Cross.

Born in Volcanoe, Cal., 1894, Liversedge was an athlete at the University of California when he enlisted in the Marines in May, 1917. He was commissioned in 1918 and moved up to first lieutenant while serving with the 5th Brigade in World War I. He was a member of Navy track squads, took part in Olympic games of 1920 and 1924, and played on championship Marine Corps football teams of the 1920s.


MIDLOTHIAN — Jacob Melvin Loar, 86, of Midlothian, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009, at the Frostburg Nursing Center.

Jacob was born on March 10, 1922, in Loartown. He was the son of the late Jacob and Edith (Fatkin) Loar. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Hester.

Jacob was a former employee of Kelly Springfield Tire Company. He served his country during World War II in the Marine Corps and was a member of the Carlson Raiders. He was a member of the American Legion Farrady Post 24. Jacob was an avid coon hunter. He loved fishing and pitching horseshoes. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife Sarah (Seggie) Loar; two sons, Gary Loar and wife Debbie, of Cresaptown, and Robert Loar and wife Sherry, of Fayetteville, N.C.; two daughters, Diana Cutter and husband Duke, of Midlothian, and Debby Donahue, of LaVale; daughter, Sandy Jenkins, of Pittsburgh; and son, Ronald Loar, of Pittsburgh; grandchildren, Richard Cutter, Melissa Shimer, Chad Cutter, Jacob Loar, Lisa Brown, Denise Shirley, and Tonya Lowery; step-grandchildren, Chelsie Broadwater, Travis Broadwater, Roger Murphy, and Billy Murphy; great-grandchildren, Jordan Cutter, Ricky Cutter, Nina Cutter, Cody Shirley, Sarah Shirley, Makenna Lowery, and Matthew Lowery; stepgreat-grandchildren, Trever and Tyler Broadwater; and a sister, Irene Robertson, of Frostburg.

Friends will be received at the Sowers Funeral Home, P.A., Frostburg, on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted in the funeral home on Saturday at 11 a.m. with Pastor George Loar officiating.

Pallbearers will be Rick Cutter, Chad Cutter, Cody Shirley, Ron Shirley, Steve Lowery, Duke Cutter, and Jacob Loar.

Interment will be in Frostburg Memorial Park.

Military honors will be accorded by Farrady Post 24 of the American Legion.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to WMHS-Hospice Unit.


Harry Albert Lockwood, 86, of Monroe died Thursday [January 17, 2008].

At his request, no funeral or memorial services will be held. Cremation will take place and the ashes interred at Roselawn Memorial Park, LaSalle. Arrangements are under the direction of Rupp Funeral Home of Monroe.

Born July 25, 1921, in Monroe, he was the son of Albert H. and Mary (MacKay) Lockwood. He married Norma Helen Johnson on Sept. 4, 1947, in Trinity Episcopal Church, Monroe.

He graduated from Monroe High School in 1939, and also graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Michigan Law School.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from December, 1942, to October, 1945, and participated in the campaigns at Bougainville with the 3rd Raider Bn, Emirau (4th Marine Regt.), Guam (1st Marine Brigade) and Okinawa (6th Marine Division).

He was recalled to active duty during the Korean United Nations Conflict (July, 1950 - January, 1952). He trained infantry troops and served as trial counsel for the General Court Martial at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was discharged with the rank of captain.

Mr. Lockwood practiced law in Monroe for 40 years, retiring in 1990.

He was a member of the Monroe County, Michigan State and American Bar Associations and the American Judicature Society. He served two years as a city commissioner and three years as city attorney. He also served as a director and attorney for The First National Bank of Monroe for twenty years and was one of the founders, director and president of Raisin Valley Title Company.

He was active in many Monroe County organizations and served as president or chairman of The Monroe County Bar Association, Memorial Hospital of Monroe, American Cancer Society Child and Family Service, Salvation Army of Monroe, Monroe Rotary Club and the Monroe County Recreation Commission. He was appointed chairman of the Michigan Teacher Tenure Commission by Governor George Romney and served in that position for five years. After retirement, he was an active member of S.C.O.R.E.

His recreation activities were varied, but he particularly enjoyed ice boating, gardening, travel and walking.

Surviving are his wife; a son, Douglas Albert Lockwood of Three Rivers, Michigan, and grandchildren, John L. (Jami) Geis, Jessica S. Lockwood and Philip R. (Mindy) Lockwood, and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Martha Helen Lockwood, who died March 28, 1995, a brother, George M. Lockwood, and two sisters, Helen I. Lockwood and Donalda L. Doan.

Memorials may be given to the charity of the donor's choice.


ROCKFORD, Ill. -- Robert "Bob" C. Loney, 85, Rockford, passed away Saturday, March 17, 2007, at his home.

He was born Oct. 30, 1921, to Robert and Betty Kietch Loney, and married Eileen Jennemann on April 23, 1960, in St. Louis. Bob worked as a production controller for Chrysler Corporation for many years until his retirement in 1980. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II as a Master Gunnery Sergeant, and as a Carlson Marine Raider at Midway, Guadalcanal, Bougainville and the occupation of Japan. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and an active member of the OSF Fitness Program.

He was preceded in death by two daughters, Donna Varner and Judith Rockers; his parents, Robert and Betty; four sisters; and three brothers.

Survivors include his wife, Eileen; one son, Patrick Loney and his wife, Debbie, of Cleveland; one brother, Marion Loney of Henderson; two sons-in-law, Jon Varner of Minneapolis, and Christopher Rockers of Kansas City, Mo.; 11 grandchildren, James and Andrew Varner, Erica, Matthew and Charles Loney, and William, Abigail, Ellen, Jackson, Joseph and Anna Rockers; many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Family Catholic Church, 4407 Highcrest Road, with Rev. Andrew Hougan officiating. Burial will be private.

Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. today and after 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.

Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Mulford Chapel, in Rockford is in charge of arrangements.


Robert L. Longley, 81, of Locust Grove died Monday [October 31, 2005] at Select Specialty Hospital in Atlanta following an extended illness.

Born in Fulton, N.Y., to the late Carlton Longley and Eva Chetney Longley, he lived in Georgia since the late 1960s. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a "Raider" during World War II and the Korean War.

Survivors include his wife, Elaine Wemess Longley, Locust Grove; son, David Longley, Gainesville; daughter, Sara Hall, Hawkinsville; sister, Norma Heppell, Florida; and one grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Graveside services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 4, 2005, at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial Park Funeral Home, Gainesville


Private James R. Loshek, Marine Raider, was killed in action in the South Pacific in July [July 21, 1943]. Known as "Jim" to the school era of ’40-’43, he is the first loss to be so greatly felt by present students. Jim was widely known for his activity in M-Club and Hi-Y. His action on the football field made his fellow students very proud of him.

There is no tribute high enough to be paid to the boys who have given their lives. Like so many others, Jim gave all he had to insure our ideal of America.


Quincy J. Lowman, Jr., manager of Southern Area Producing, died suddenly in Beirut on March 29 [1970] at the age of 46. Mr. Lowman was in Lebanon attending the current session at the Middle East Center for Advanced Studies at Shemian.

A Texan by birth, Lowman received his bachelor's degree in petroleum engineering from Texas A&M and earned his M.A. at Pennsylvania State. He joined Aramco in 1950 and was assigned to Ras al-Mish'ab as drilling equipment engineer. Subsequent moves took him to the posts of drilling engineer in Abqaiq and 'Uthmaniyah, production-reservoir engineer in Abqaiq, and senior reservoir engineer in Dhahran, the position he assumed in November 1956.

In 1958 Lowman was transferred to the New York Office to the position of supervisor of the Producing Division in the Exploration and Producing Department. He returned to Dhahran in 1960 as coordinator, Planning and Research, Producing Department.

Returning once again to Abqaiq in 1962, Lowman became district petroleum engineer, then district chief engineer, and in 1964 was named general superintendent of the Producing Department. He was named manager of Southern Area Producing in 1968.

Survivors include his wife, Jean, and their three children. DeLoris, 23, lives in San Francisco; Kristen, 17, is a student at the American School in Lugano, Switzerland; and Quincy III, 16, attends San Marcos Academy in San Marcos, Texas.

Contact address for the family is c/o Mrs. Q. J. Lowman, Sr., 2408 Rosewood, Victoria, Texas.


Joseph F. Loy, 86, of Brookline, passed away peacefully Monday, May 2, 2011, at home surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband for 56 years of the late Bernice A. Loy; loving father of Ken (Joanne) Loy, Marianne (Harry) Neel, Timothy and Nancy Loy, Jeanne Brown, Claudia (Paul) Ziegler, Lucy (Lucio) Santella and the late Gerard Loy, who passed March 4, 1984 at the age of 20. Joseph was a fun loving grandfather of 13 and great-grandfather of 10; cherished brother of Louise O'Connor; also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Joe served in the Pacific Theater during World War II and was a recipient of two Purple Hearts. He was a member of the 6th Marine Corps Raider Division and was a distinguished member of the South Hills Pittsburgh Detachment 726, Marine Corps League Inc. Upon returning from his tour of duty, Joe returned to the tire re-treading business and married the love of his life, Bernice, on May 3, 1948. Joe was the sole owner of the Joseph F. Loy Tire Service. Friends and family will be received from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home, 301 Curry Hollow Road, Pleasant Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Church of the Resurrection, Brookline. Interment at Jefferson Memorial Park. Joe's family would like to thank Michele Lagnese for her loving, dedicated and compassionate care of their father. They would also like to thank the VA Homemaker Home Care Services. Memorial contributions may be made to Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, PO Box 227, Quantico, VA 22134.


Oliver D. Ludwick, 83, died at 10:17 p.m. April 30, 2004, at Richland Manor, Bluffton, Ohio. He was born February 11, 1921, in Dayton, Ohio to Oliver D. and Osa Chaney Ludwick Sr., who preceded him in death. In 1948, in Springfield, he married Bettie L. Ridenour, who died September 14, 1999. Mr. Ludwick retired from Warner-Swasey and, after retirement, he worked at Clyde Evans as well as Buckeye Trucking, Lima, Ohio. He was a member of St. Charles Catholic Church and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1275, American Legion Post 96, Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 199 and the Marine Raider Association. During World War II, he served in the Marine Raider Division from September 5, 1942, to November 9, 1945. Survivors include two sons, F. Lee (Diane) Herford of Wapakoneta, Ohio and Stephen E. (Lee) Ludwick of Warren, Michigan; two daughters, Toni A. (John) Moore and Vicki S. Ludwick, both of Lima, Ohio; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Jack C. Ludwick; and a sister, Phyllis Driscoll. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Chamberlain-Huckeriede Funeral Home. Services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Charles Catholic Church. The Rev. William Rose will officiate.


Marine Pfc. Edward T. Luedtke, 20-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. William H. Luedtke, of 826 North Mason, was killed in action [July 21, 1944] in the Central Pacific, his parents have been notified by the war department. The date and place of his death were not reported, but it is presumed he was killed in the conquest of Saipan. He had been overseas since July, 1943, and saw service on Guadalcanal and Tarawa. The last letter received from him was dated July 16.

He was born here Dec. 13, 1923, and was graduated from Arthur Hill Trade School in 1941. He left the employ of Baker Perkins to join the Marine Corps Dec. 14, 1942. He trained at San Diego, Calif., with specialized radar [Raider] instruction at Camp Pendleton, Calif. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church. Besides his parents, he leaves a sister, Betty, at home. His fiancé was Miss Ruth Schultz of Saginaw.


CONCORD - Cecil F. Lutey, 79, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2001, at his residence in Concord.

He was born in Big Bay, Mich., on Dec. 3, 1921, to Wesley and Marguerite (nee Pratt) Lutey. Cecil served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, fighting at Midway, Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima and was a recipient of the Purple Heart. He worked as a plasterer for John Aaseby Plastering and was retired from R.T.E. in Waukesha. Cecil was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Watertown.

He is survived by his wife, Louise, whom he married in Milwaukee in 1955; his children, Lucille (Edwin) Dietrich of Santee, Calif., and Sandra (Ron) Wright of Rome; his son-in-law, Russell Tetzlaff of Dousman; his brothers and sisters, Leona Schultz of West Allis, Norma Lincoln of Dakota, Ill., Robert Lutey of New Hampshire, Peggy Mehre of Milwaukee and Warren Lutey of Stevens Point; his sister-in-law, Doris Lutey of Pewaukee; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sons, Dale and David; his daughter, Beverly; and his brother, William.

Funeral services for Cecil will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kruetzmann Funeral Home, 121 S. Cross St., Oconomowoc; the Rev. M. Fred Himmerich officiating. Friends may visit from 1 p.m. until the 4 p.m. service Sunday at the funeral home. Memorials to the family are appreciated. Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral Home, 567-4459, is serving the family.


George Raymond MacClanahan Jr, 85, passed away at the Veterans Home of California on Sept. 21 [2010], where he and his wife Mary have lived for 14 years.

He was born to George and Caroline (MacDonald) MacClanahan in Sacramento, Calif., July 29, 1925.

George Jr. joined the Marine Corps on Dec. 8, 1941, serving with the Second Raider Battalion as one of Carlson's Raiders during the Battle of Guadalcanal. He also served in New Caledonia and Kyushu, Japan. He lived in Juneau and worked as commissioner of the Department of Public Works from 1968-1969 under Gov. Wally Hickel.

His life's passion was "to discover what was on the other side of the mountain," so his adventurous spirit and curious mind led him to faraway places like Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, and, along with his wife Mary, to the territory of Alaska in 1950. There he pursued such adventures as surveying with the Alaska Road Commission, acquiring a civil engineering degree from the University of Alaska and managing Burgess Construction Company (which was involved in the first phase of the Alaskan oil pipeline development at Prudhoe Bay). He also owned his own construction company and later moved to California where he partnered with his son, Ray, in a variety of construction projects. Lastly, he became a construction management consultant before entering the Veterans Home in 1996.

George gave back to the Veterans Home of California in many ways, sharing his expertise and acumen to make things better. In particular, he served as allied council delegate from Section L, and helped to ensure the future viability of the home's Morale Welfare and Recreation Fund as a special advisor to the chairman. He also served in the member help office, creating meaningful opportunities for his fellow members to participate in and use their talents to support the operations of the Home.

In his final years he authored two autobiographies: Homestead, about his early years during the Great Depression, and Tojo and Me, about his years as a Marine Raider, including his experience during The Long Patrol.

George was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Elsie Jane, and brothers, John and Bill. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary, son Ray (Terry) MacClanahan of Plymouth, Calif., and daughters Marjorie (Gary) Rose of Yountville, Calif., and Anne (Bill) Barrett of Peyton, Colo., plus 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is currently enjoying the greatest adventure, having accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior the day after his 84th birthday last year.

Arrangements were cared for by Treadway & Wigger Funeral Chapel. He will be interred at the Veterans Home Cemetery.


Alister Graham Macpherson, 77, of Southern Pines died Monday, July 23, 2001 at his home.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church with the Rev. Frank Thompson and the Rev. Thalmage G. Bandy. Burial follows at Bethesda Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Wednesday (tonight) from 7-8:30 p.m.

Mr. Macpherson was a retired electrical contractor and a World War II veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Surviving are his wife, Ellen S. Macpherson; a son, Ian Macpherson of Charleston, S.C.; daughters, Janet M. Owens of Greensboro, Catherine M. Culler of Cincinnati, Ohio; three grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 300 Silver Cedar Ct., Chapel Hill 27514-1512.


VIRGINIA BEACH - George Alexander MacRae succumbed to illness June 7, 2010 at the age of 92.

Survivors include wife, Gloria; sons, Robert Bruce, Donald Robert (wife Karen); grandsons, Craig (Carrie) and Eric (Patti); great-grandchildren, Nicole, Justin and Megan; and nephews, Bruce, Barry, Rob and Val. He was predeceased by parents, Donald A. and Emmy Elva Paine; daughter, Jennifer Allison; daughter-in- law, Madonna; and brother, Robert G.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he was a survivor of the "Halifax Explosion" and evacuated to Baddeck where several cousins and relatives live today. His father, Col. Donald Alexander MacRae, was wounded in World War I and later moved the family to southern California. George was a track athlete in high school, Glendale Junior College (news accounts referred to him as the "Glendale Greyhound" and was awarded a "golden shoe"), and received a track scholarship to LSU in Baton Rouge, La. He set records at each school and ran (but lost) against Olympic runner Glen Cunningham.

He enlisted as a Marine in World War II and transferred to the U.S. Marine Raiders. He spent two years in and out of hospitals after being wounded and losing use of one arm.

With help from his mother, he became a "leftie" and found employment with Lockheed, Dumont Aviation and Queen's Medical Center. He was a certified purchasing manager. He lived in Cape Breton Island, Harbor Springs, Mich., Glendale, Catalina Island and Honolulu, retiring to Virginia Beach.

He was an amateur photographer, loved sailing and golf. He served as assistant and later curator of the Marine Raider Museum now located at Quantico, and was active in the Raider Association, fielding numerous inquiries regarding Raiders and their service; former Chieftain of Caledonian Society of Hawaii, member of Clan MacRae of No. America, St. Andrews Society, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League, FRA Branch 99 of Virginia Beach, and Scottish Society of Tidewater. He was a guest speaker and received many awards and citations from military and historical groups. He will be remembered by many for his signature jacket and special hats, and for his ramrod straight Marine posture.

A memorial service will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. in St. Aidan's Episcopal Church with Father Mark Wilkinson officiating. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Lynnhaven Chapel, is handling the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Aidan's Episcopal Church or the Marine Raider Association.


Sergeant Major Edwin H. Maczko, USMC Retired, died December 22, 2003, at the age of 83.

Born January 19, 1920 to Frank and Mary Maczko in Chicago, Illinois, he lived with his parents; older brother, Edward F. Maczko; and younger sister, Eleanor Maczko. He attended public school in Chicago and after leaving school worked in the Chicago area until the U.S. entered World War II. After Pearl Harbor, he and his older brother, Edward joined the U.S. Marine Corps.

During World War II he served in the Pacific area of operations with the U.S. Marine Corps 1st Raider Battalion and later when the Raider Battalions were combined, he serve with the 4th Marine Regiment seeing action during the battles for Emirau, Guam and Okinawa and was present in Tokyo Bay for the surrender ceremonies that ended the war in the Pacific.

After the end of hostilities, he returned to Chicago. In 1947 he returned to active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps with the 5th Marines and was stationed at Camp Matthews in San Diego where he met, courted and married in February 1948 the love of his life, Roselle L. Hames. Later after the Marine Corps had donated the Camp Matthews property to the University of California, Roselle and Edwin's daughters, Lari Lyn Maczko and Linda Lee Maczko both graduated with honors from the University of California, San Diego, established on the donated property.

After the birth of his oldest daughter, Lari Lyn, Edwin served in Korea, returning home in 1951 for the birth of his younger daughter, Linda. Edwin, Roselle and their children lived in La Mesa, California, until 1955 when the family moved to Hawaii, where Edwin was stationed at Kaneohe Bay. After returning from Hawaii, Edwin was stationed at Camp Pendleton and the family moved to Vista, California. From there Edwin and his family moved to El Paso, Texas, where he served on 1-1 duty with the 19th Rifle Company and then to Camp Lejuene, North Carolina. Edwin and family returned to Camp Pendleton in 1966.

Edwin served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a Sergeant Major in the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion. After serving in Vietnam, Edwin returned to Camp Pendleton and retired in 1973 as Sergeant Major of the 11th Marines with over 30 years of active service.

After Edwin's retirement, he and Roselle moved to Carriage Hills in Vista where he enjoyed gardening, woodworking, remodeling, telling jokes, working puzzles and the company of family, friends and neighbors. He and Roselle also had the opportunity to travel and renew old acquaintances from the Raider Battalion during Raider reunions. Edwin attended his last Raider Reunion in San Diego in September 2003.

Edwin is survived by his daughters, Lari Lyn and Linda Lee of San Diego; his sister, Eleanor Kaczmarck of Chicago, Ill.; sisters-in-law Mary Glover of Vidalia, Georgia, and Leonora Paprocki of Upland, California; brother-in-law Norman Hames of Coronado, California; four nieces and six nephews; 11 grandnephews and grandnieces; and one great-grandniece. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward F. Maczko in 2000; and his beloved wife, Roselle. In 83 years he accomplished much and family and friends were blessed by the opportunity to share the joys of life with him.

We love you Daddy.

Memorial services will be held January 10, 2004, at 1 p.m. at Eternal Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary in Oceanside, California. Donations may be made to the UCSD Alzheimer's Disease Research Center or UCSD Stroke Center in lieu of flowers.


Erling Madsen, passed away, Sunday, March 2, 2008, at his home in Enterprise, Alabama, surrounded by his loved ones.

The memorial service will take place at Providence Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at 11 a.m.

Erling was born February 14, 1915 in Duluth, Minnesota to Hans and Katherine Madsen, immigrants from Denmark. He spent his childhood in Duluth, and later settled in San Antonio, Texas before joining the United States Army. Erling's career spanned 54 years, during which he served in the Army, the Marines, and the U.S. Defense Mapping Agency. He fought in World War II as a member of Carlson's Raiders and traveled around the world. He worked for several years surveying and mapping the terrain of the Middle East. Erling retired from the Defense Mapping Agency in 1974, and spent over twenty years living in Laurel Hill, Florida. There, he and his wife Vara Lee were the owners of Madsen Crafters, a ceramics shop. Erling's hobbies included gardening, beekeeping, winemaking, carpentry, sculpting, and woodcarving. He also had a deep affection for animals, especially dogs and horses, and a love of music.

Erling was married for 49 years to Vara Lee McClure who passed away in November 2003.

Survivors include his sons, Richard and Owen, and his daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and Bill Tyner. Erling is the grandfather of Melanie Szucs, Ashley Tyner, and Katy Holmes, and he has three great-granddaughters, Lauren, Emily, and Maren Szucs.

William Searcy at Providence Funeral Home, 334-393-2273, is in charge of arrangement.


Thomas V. Mahinske, age 82, November 11, 2008. Beloved husband of Arlene. Loving father of Janice Mahinske Forstot. Brother of John. Also survived by two grandchildren. WWII Marine Veteran. No services. R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home (734) 422-6720 in charge of arrangements.


BECKLEY - James Vincent "Jimmy" Mallamas Jr., 72, of Beckley and Orlando, Fla., died Feb. 13, 1997, in a Beckley hospital after a short illness.

He was a retired architect and general contractor who built the Blue Jay Lake Association dam. He held a private pilot and instructor's license and was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, recipient of several medals and citations, a member and past president of Edson's Raiders Association, First Marine Battalion, and a member of 1st Marine Division Association, VFW Lew Sheffler Post 4469, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 18, Raleigh County, U.S. Naval Institute, Smithsonian Institution, American Historical Society and Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

Surviving: wife, Gloria Cathryn Mallamas brothers, Rudolph, Donald, Douglas and Robert, all of Orlando several nieces and nephews.

Service will be 11 a.m. Sunday at Melton Mortuary, Beckley, with Chaplain Carl W. Gray Jr. officiating. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Keaton Mills Cemetery Fund, 138 Sunrise Ave., Beckley, W.Va. 25801.


Marcel (Mal) Maloney died at his home in Cle Elum on March 27, 2006. Dad was born in Montana, Wisconsin to Archie Ernest Maloney and Mary Karash on June 7, 1925. Dad moved to the Easton area in the 1930s and lived and worked in a logging camp. His family then moved to the Portland, OR area where he enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942. Mal was a Marine Raider (a fast, hard-hitting assault unit that made surprise landings from submarines, destroyers, air transport, or regular Navy transports, making lightly-equipped amphibious hit and run raids). He fought in WWII in the Pacific Theater at Tulagi Island, Guadalcanal, New Georgia, Guam and Iwo Jima. After the war in the Pacific, he had a tour in China. While stationed in Bremerton, WA he met and married his wife of 56 years Harriet (Williams) Maloney in 1949. Dad next went to Korea to the Pusan Perimeter, Inchon-Seoul, and the Chosin Reservoir. After returning to the states he was a drill instructor and a rifle range instructor for the Marine Corps. He was stationed at the following bases: NAD Bremerton, WA; Bangor, WA; Camp Wesley Harris Rifle Range Bremerton, WA; Treasure Island, CA; Alameda, CA; San Diego, CA and Cherry Point, NC. Dad retired from the Marines in 1961, as a Gunnery Sergeant with over 20 medals and service ribbons. The family moved to East Wenatchee in 1962, and bought an orchard off Nile Street. He worked for RCA in Alaska for a while then returned to East Wenatchee to work the family orchard and Century TV in the 1960s. In the 1970s, Mal and Harriet started at Wenatchee Appliance and after selling the orchard in 1978, they bought the business. Dad and Mom owned and worked at the appliance store until 1995, when they retired to Cle Elum where they had bought property and built their own house in the late 80s and early 90s. Marcel is preceded in death by his parents; a brother; a sister; and a son, Marcel. He is survived by his wife, Harriet; a brother; his daughter, Sandra and Jerry Martindale of Orondo; son, William (Bill) Maloney of Cle Elum; daughter, Maurya and Mike Broadsword of Cle Elum; and son, Dennis and Timi Maloney of Cle Elum. There are six grandchildren; Marchel and husband, Dave Allenbaugh Jr. of Cle Elum, Hank Avena and wife Abril of Orondo, Mark Avena and wife Tanya of Snohomish and Reese, Madeline, and Malaki Maloney of Cle Elum. There are 8 great-grandchildren; Matthew and Marshall Allenbaugh of Cle Elum, Bradley Bifelt of AK, Hank Avena Jr. of Orondo, Maria Avena in Alabama, and Taryn, Sayer, and Jadyn Avena of Snohomish. There are 2 great-great-grandchildren. A gathering will occur at the family home to honor the life and memory of Marcel Maloney. Donations can be made to the United States Marines Toys for Tots. For donation information call Staff Sergeant Solorzano at 509-575-6935 ext. 20.


Richard Montague Maloney (Dick) was born June 9, 1923, in Independence, Mo. The son of Dorothy and Richard Maloney, Dick grew up in the Kansas City area, where he spent his entire life. Dick graduated from William Chrisman High School and soon afterwards joined the United States Marine Corps, where he fought for his country in World War II. A Marine Raider, he was a member of an elite squadron of soldiers. He was wounded in battle and was awarded the Purple Heart Medal. After his honorable discharge, he married Lila Mae Hunter in 1946. At that time, he also enrolled in college at the Kansas City Art Institute, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in painting. Painting was a love for Dick, and over his lifetime, he painted hundreds of portraits for family members, friends and members of his church. The irony of his passion was that he never charged any money for the portraits or landscapes. In the Maloney home are dozens of paintings of all family members, including his self-portrait. Dick was a Scouter, serving as Scoutmaster for Troop 417 in Gladstone during the 1960s and was a member of Mic- O-Say as an Honorary Warrior. His Indian name was "Bright Paint," a name he had chosen reflecting his enjoyment with portrait art. Dick served as Scoutmaster and had successfully graduated over a dozen young men to the rank of Eagle Scout. Dick himself was an Eagle Scout during his youth. Dick retired from the Norfolk and Southern Railroad in the 1980s, where he served as a rail clerk for nearly 25 years. Dick leaves behind his wife, Lila, where they have been married for 64 years. Dick also leaves behind his son Michael Maloney and daughter Cheryl Ann Downing, as well as son-in-law Len Downing, daughter-in-law Beverly Maloney and grandson Jake Maloney. Dick and Lila have lived in Gladstone since 1961 and are members of the Meadowbrook Methodist Church. Dick passed away on March 8, 2010, at the University of Kansas Hospital. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, memorials should be made to Meadowbrook Methodist Church, 2800 N.E. 64th St., Gladstone, MO 64119. Funeral services 11 a.m. Friday, March 12, at White Chapel, 6600 N. Antioch Road, Gladstone. Burial with military honors in White Chapel Memorial Gardens.


CWO4 (Ret) Francis Edward (Joe) Manning, Jr., 85, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, and faithful member of the Catholic Church passed away on January 17, 2008. Born in Boston, Massachusetts on September 30, 1922, he was preceded in death by his parents Francis E. Manning, Sr. and Margaret (McDermott) Lufkin, sister Marge Barry, wife Lillian, son Michael, and great-granddaughter Allyson Lane. He is survived by his children Patricia Manning, Steven Manning, and Margaret (George) Rodriguez, grandchildren Jennifer Lane, Johnathon Lane, Rachel Rodriguez, and Jeremy Rodriguez, great-grandson Aiden, Joseph, Morgan, Diego, and Lillian. He is also survived by his close and devoted friend, Carmen Rodriguez and a large, cherished, extended family since Margaret married George 25 years ago. The three loves of his life were God, family, and the military. He joined the U.S. Marines Raider Battalion after the bombing of Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. He fought in the South Pacific. Following an honorable discharge from the Marines, he worked in a variety of jobs including taxi driver, short order cook, and draftsman for M.I.T. In 1950, when so many were leaving the military during the Korean conflict, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. That August he married Lillian F. St. Germain in Wakefield, R.I. They were stationed at Ft. Bliss several times, Okinawa, and other locales during his 27 years of service. He retired as a CWO4 at Ft. Bliss in 1974. He was highly decorated, receiving the World War II Victory Medal, Asian Pacific Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, American Defense Service Medal, Basic and Expert Missileman Badge, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, National Defense Service Medal with OLC, and Army Commendation Medal with 3 OLC. Following Army retirement, he worked several years for Metropolitan Life Insurance. For 35 years, he was an active member of St. Raphael's Catholic Parish, attending daily mass and weekly novenas to St. Jude. He was a regular at McDonald's, sharing stories and breakfast with his buddies. His best role, even on his last day, was being our Knight in Shining Armor. He was there for anyone who needed him, but most especially for his family and dear friends. We wish to thank Dr. Howard and the ER staff at Del Sol, as well as the EMS personnel for their efforts and caring ways at the end. In lieu of flowers, family requests memorials be made to St. Raphael Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 4-9 pm with Holy Rosary at 7 pm on Thursday, January 24, 2008. Funeral Mass will be Friday, January 25, 2008 at 11:45 am at St. Raphael's on Zanzibar and interment at Ft. Bliss National Cemetery with full military honors immediately following.


Jack L. Manning of Kerens passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, at the age of 87. He was born July 28, 1922, in Russell in Leon County to Bert and Robbie Manning. He was a veteran of World War II and was a very proud Marine Raider. The Raiders were the very first special ops forces in the U.S. military and his unit made six initial landings on the Pacific Islands. First to go in and last to leave was the Marine code, and he never ceased being a Raider.

He was an artist and created beautiful pieces with wood. Hundreds of homes in this area are graced with his woodworking pieces. He was a precious father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be missed greatly. He leaves a legacy of love and devotion not just to his family but to the many who called him friend.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Nan Manning; and wife, Mary Manning. He is survived by his daughters, Robbie Cranford of Conroe and Amy Kent and husband Bill of Kerens; sister-in-law and husband, Jean and James Boykin of Russell; and grandchildren, Jennifer and Scott Pelczar of Conroe, Marcy and Javier Martinez of Austin and Chad and Stacy Kent of Russell. He is also survived by the joy of his life, great-grandchildren Tiffany and Briar Kent of Russell.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, at Paschal Funeral Home.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at Paschal Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tommy Hayes officiating. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at North Creek Cemetery in Russell in Leon County.

Pallbearers will be Johnny Boykin, Benny Boykin, Phillip Street, Chad Kent, Scott Pelczar and Virgil Thurston. Honorary pallbearers will be Otis Ray Spurlock, Larry Cottrell, Rick Neumayer, Javier Martinez, Hal Ray Collins, Thomas Hill, Nathan Cradduck, James Boykin and Eddie McNeese.

Arrangements by Paschal Funeral Home, Kerens.


Joseph V. Marchitelli, 83, of Tamarac, FL passed away February 17, 2001. A resident of Tamarac since 1981, moving here from Astoria, NY. Pre-deceased by his wife, Madeline. Survived by his daughters, Joanne Messina and Rosemarie (Mark) Leitner; granddaughter, Robin Marie Leitner; great-grandson, Mark Joseph all of Jackson Heights, NY; brothers, Anthony, Michael, Henry and sister Rose, all of Astoria, NY. He is pre-deceased by his brother, John. Joe served as Staff Sgt. in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII, 1940-1945 and was a member of the First Marine Raider Battalion. He participated in the battle for Guadalcanal in 1942 and the Battle for New Georgia in 1943, where he was wounded. He was past commander of Long Island City Post #2348, V.F.W. and past commander of Queens County Council, V.F.W., New York; life member of St. Mary's Lincoln Council #312 Knights of Columbus, Astoria, NY. Friends may call from 9:00 to 10:30am at Mason Funeral Home, 7151 McNab Rd., Tamarac, FL on Tuesday, February 20, 2001. Funeral mass will be held that same date at 11:00am at St. Malachy Catholic Church. Interment will follow the mass at Queen of Heaven Cemetery in North Lauderdale, FL. Arrangements by Mason Funeral Home (954) 721-3300.


Roy J. Markowski passed away peacefully Mon., March 6, 2006, age 80. Preceded in death by his loving wives, Loretta (nee Wagner) and Patricia. Loving father of Patricia (Kenneth) Brehmer, the late Sandra Leister, Jeffery and David Markowski. Dear brother of the late Roland, James (Julia) and Gerald (Beverly) Markowski. Dear uncle of John Markowski. Special friend of Allen Leister. Roy will be remembered by his 8 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Visitation Thurs., March 9, at Pinelawn Memorial Park Chapel, 10700 W. Capitol Dr., Milwaukee, from 12:30-2PM. Funeral Service celebrated 2PM. Burial with full military honors will follow.

Roy was a proud U.S. Marine Corps veteran serving during WWII.


Chester L. Marks "Chet" of Wofford Heights, California passed away peacefully on Monday, March 28, 2011 in Bakersfield, California. He was the third eldest of nine children born on December 29, 1924 in Stigler, Oklahoma to George and Marie Marks. Chet graduated from Wasco High school and then drafted into the Marine Corps where he served as a 4th Division Marine Raider for 19 years. He served in WWII and the Korean War. He was awarded many medals and a Purple Heart for his service. Chet is survived by a son, Michael W. Marks of Bakersfield, 6 grandchildren, 14 great-grand children and many nieces and nephews. Chet also is survived by his siblings Merle Marks of Bakersfield, Joyce Mehlberg of Pueblo, CO, Janet Emerson of Bakersfield and Jeauneta Hogan of Spokane, WA After his honorable discharge from the military in 1961, he worked as a heavy-equipment operator for Francis Construction and Sturgeon Construction which he said to be his second love and passion in life. His brother Merle "Tuck" Marks worked alongside him as well. Chet loved telling stories of his life experiences and his laugh was contagious. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his son Mike. He is predeceased by parents, George and Marie Marks, wife, Lucille Marks, daughter, Sandra Kingsley, great-granddaughter Hannah Kingsley, and siblings; Lewatha Ming, Lorene Cantwell, Grace Smith, and Charlie Marks. No services will be held for Chet. Two words to sum up the life of Chester Marks...Semper Fi.


Richard (Dick) W. Marr, 79, of Baker City, passed away peacefully Jan. 10, 2005, at St. Elizabeth Health Services.

Dick was born in Wendling, Ore., on Jan. 23, 1925. He grew up in the Willamette Valley, graduating from Falls City High School.

The Marr family will host a memorial celebration of life in June; all friends and family are welcome. An announcement will follow in The Record-Courier.

Dick is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Judy Young-Marr of Baker City; son and wife, Richard and Karen Marr of Port Orford; twin daughter, Candis Marr-Wade of Coquille; grandson and family, Craig, Nicole and Kylie Wade of Maryland; granddaughter and family, Kimberly, Tony, MacKenzie, Madison, Morgan and Tony Jr. Budesilich of Eugene; twin daughter, Carol Marr-Phillips of Monmouth; granddaughter and husband, Andrea and Matt Ellingson of Boone, N.C.; granddaughter, Amanda Phillips of Boone, N.C.; grandson and family, Jake, Becky, Luke and Cody Phillips of Friday Harbor, Wash.; son and family, Mark, Susan, Erik and Sarah Young of Denver, Colo.; son and family, Grant, Carol and Brandon Young of North Powder; daughter and family, Bonnie, Joe, Sydney and Alexa Daniels of Anchorage, Alaska.

Dick enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at age 17, and served in World War II in the South Pacific as a Marine Raider. He was awarded the Purple Heart for being wounded in action.

After serving in the Marine Corps, Dick had a hunger for adventure. In the 1940s, he became a private pilot owning several planes. In the early 1950s, he built and owned one of the first planer mills in Whitehorn, Calif. From logging and the sawmill to ranching in Mayfield, Idaho, he relocated to North Powder to continue ranching. He then decided to take up commercial fishing off the Oregon Coast and later upscaled to a larger vessel to fish the Alaska waters off Kodiak, the Aleutian Chain and the Bering Sea for salmon, king crab and shrimp. In the 1980s he returned to the lower 48 settling in the Baker Valley with his wife, Judy.

Dick had a full life, always giving of himself without hesitation, expecting nothing in return. In the Marine Corps, after being wounded himself, Dick continued to aid other comrades who were given up for dead; he flew sick and injured neighbors and friends to hospitals as needed, and also flew in to rescue stranded California flood victims in the 1950s. In the 1960s, he also responded to S.O.S. calls aiding the Coast Guard in locating ships in distress. Dick always had time to help family, friends and neighbors; he never knew a stranger and lived by the creed, "seize the day!"

Dick’s spirit continues to stay alive: "Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars," by Henry Van Dyke.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crossroads Arts Center, 1901 Main Street, Baker City, OR 97814.


Daniel Marsh of Phoenix died Sunday July 27th [2008] at 10:30 am. Service will be held at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 N. Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, AZ 85012 on Friday morning, August 1st, at 11:00 am. Dan Marsh served in the Marine Corps in World War II as a Marine Raider and as part of the 6th Marine Division, and in Korea in the 1st Marine Division. He is survived by his wife Florence, and his children Karen, Monica and Louie. Donations may be sent to: U.S. Marine Raider Association in honor of Daniel Z. Marsh, c/o Jack Dornan, Membership Secretary, 704 Cooper Court, Arlington, TX 76011-5550.


Norman Anthony Marsh, 82, of Stafford County died Monday, June 21, 2004, at Mary Washington Hospital. He retired in 1987 as an electrician from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, having served in the 1st Marine Raider Battalion during World War II. Mr. Marsh was a member of St. William of York Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus and the Marine Corps League.

Surviving are his wife, Merle Wratten Marsh; two sons, Michael Marsh of Reno, Nev., and Stephen Marsh and his wife, Jane, of Stafford; one daughter, Judy Amburgey, and her husband, Victor, of Manhattan, Kan.; two sisters, Cora Jennings of Adams, Mass., and Lucille Doherty and her husband, William, of Canton, Mass.; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 24, at St. William of York Catholic Church, followed by burial in Quantico National Cemetery.


Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gene C. Martin ’38 (Co. D) died June 11, 2008, in Montrose, Colo. In his 21-year military career, Maj. Martin served as a member of the American Embassy Guard at Peking, China; participated in the first offensive campaign of World War II as a member of Edson’s Raiders, and saw action in the Korean War. During the last years of his service, he served as the officer-in-charge of the Marine Corps Recruiting Station for Colorado, Wyoming, and parts of South Dakota and Nebraska. He retired from the Marines in March 1960. During his six years in Denver, he was actively involved in the community, including serving as vice president of the Dowell Elementary School PTA and president of the Denver chapter of the Camp Fire Girls Council. After his military career, Mr. Martin joined the staff of the Denver Hilton under their management training program, the first of many civilian careers to follow. In Crested Butte, Colo., he and his wife, Peggy, opened and managed the Ore Bucket Lodge, and owned the Water Wheel Fine Arts Studio, where Mr. Martin continued his silversmithing, goldsmithing, weaving, and painting. He was a founding father of the Crested Butte Historical Society, and designed the exteriors and interiors of many businesses in Crested Butte and Gunnison, Colo. In Fallbrook, Calif., Mr. Martin honed his landscaping skills, creating beautiful koi ponds, gardens and aviaries. He and his wife spent 20 years in Oregon, during which he wrote and published "Tidewater Bobber Fishing for Chinook Salmon." The Martins moved to Montrose in July 2003.In addition to his wife, Mr. Martin is survived by a daughter, granddaughter, grandson, and seven great-grandchildren.


Michael J. Martin, 81, of Branchburg died on Friday, October 3 [2003], at the Somerset Medical Center in Somerville. Born in New York, he had been a resident of Fanwood before relocating to Branchburg 13 years ago. Mr. Martin had been a regional sales director with Lockheed Electronics in Lyndhurst, where he was employed for 25 years prior to retiring in 1983. A United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II, he had been awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of the Marine Raiders and the Knights of Columbus Somerset Council No. 1432 in Somerville. Mr. Martin was an usher at St. Bartholomew the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Scotch Plains. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Martha Martin; a son, Michael J. Martin, Jr.; three daughters, Mary Jane Sullivan, Christine Nugent and Linda Martin; a brother, John Martin, and five grandchildren. The funeral service was held on Monday, October 6, at the Branchburg Funeral Home in Branchburg. A Mass followed at St. Bernard Roman Catholic Church in Bridgewater. Entombment took place at St. Gertrude Cemetery Mausoleum in Colonia.


Anthony J. "Tony' Martinenza, Jr., 88, of Glen Mills died peacefully with family at his side on May 5, 2011.

Tony was born on August 5, 1922 in Chester, Pa., to Anthony J. and Mary (Zaroliski) Martinenza. He attended Boothwyn School and joined the Marines in 1942. He joined the Marines in active duty in the Pacific Theatre as a rifleman during World War II.

After an Honorable Discharge from the Marines in 1945, Tony went to work for Baldwins in Chester. Later he was employed by the Philadelphia Electric Company and retired after 32 years.

Tony was a lifetime member of VFW Post 546, VFW Linwood Post, Marine Corps League and the Raiders.

He was a member of the Elam United Methodist Church.

He was an avid gardener, hunter and reader. After retiring, he enjoyed playing solitaire, reading, watching old western and war movies and spending time with his grandchildren.

Survivors: Wife of 30 years, Kathleen M. (Savage); Daughters, Janet M. Kane of Clintonville, WI, and Maureen E. Earlywine of Kennett Square, PA; Son, Anthony J. Martinenza III of Aston, PA; Brothers, John Martinenza of Centreville, MD, and Steve Martinenza of Wilmington, DE. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Visitation: Tuesday, May 10th 9:15-10:45 am at the church. Funeral Service: Tuesday, May 10th at 11:00 am at Elam United Methodist Church, 1073 Smithbridge Rd, Glen Mills. Burial: Elam United Methodist Church following service. Arrangements: Rigby Chadds Ford.


Jack Martinez, 86, of Idaho Falls, died Monday, Jan. 31, 2011, at Good Samaritan Society-Idaho Falls Village.

He was born June 22, 1924, in Del Norte, Colo., the son of Felix and Mary Geauga Martinez. Jack spent his earlier years in Spencer, Idaho, where he attended school. He joined the United States Marine Corps, in which he served during World War II. Jack married Rose Stevens on Nov. 9, 1945, in Dillon, Mont. Jack and Rose lived for many years in Spencer, where he ranched and worked at the sheep station. After years of living in Spencer, they moved to Idaho Falls, where he worked for Clark Concrete and then Idaho National Laboratory until his retirement after 28 years of service. Jack was a firm Christian believer in God. He enjoyed many hobbies, including fishing, hunting, camping and four-wheeling. He was an outspoken, adventurous role model who cared for and loved his family with all his heart and enjoyed spending every minute with them in the beautiful outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Rose Martinez of Idaho Falls; three sons, Jack Martinez of Mackay, Idaho, Ramon (Darlene) Martinez of Ririe, Idaho, and Paul (Barbara) Martinez of Idaho Falls; seven grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Felix Jr., Paul, Bill and Milo; and two sisters, Juanita and Helen.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home at 825 E. 17th St. in Idaho Falls, with Pastor Kirk Baker of Calvary Baptist Church officiating. Burial will follow at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Spencer Cemetery in Spencer, with military rites under the direction of the Dubois Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8893. A viewing for family and friends will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, Feb. 3, and one hour prior to the funeral Friday.


Funeral Services for Edward R. Mason, 85, of Milburn, Oklahoma will be held on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. in the Clark Funeral Chapel with Rev. Eugene Ledford officiating. Interment will follow in the Fillmore Cemetery with Military Honors provided by The Chickasaw Nation Honor Guard. Mr. Mason passed away on Friday, February 12th [2010] at the Johnston Memorial Hospital in Tishomingo.

Ed was born on September 28, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan to Edward Charles Mason and Edwinna Robberson Mason. He moved with his family to Oklahoma City when he was four years old and then moved to California as a teenager, where he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served in the Marines in the South Pacific during WWII in an elite group known as the Carlson Raiders. Ed returned home as a decorated veteran. His time in the Armed Forces gave him a taste of adventure. He began a long career as a commercial fisherman, traveling from coast to coast and around the world. He lived in Hawaii for several years where he took time to spend with his family and again be near the ocean. During this time, he dedicated his life to God and became an elder in the Mormon Church. Ed retired and settled in Tishomingo where he lived for many years, marrying his longtime sweetheart, Bettylee Elgin. He was a member of the local V.F.W. and enjoyed telling stories of his adventures to his close friends who will remember him for his kind heart, charming smile, sense of humor and amazing stories.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and a sister, Mary.

Ed is survived by his daughter, Sherry Naperskie and her husband Phil; two grandchildren, Dane & Natalie and numerous great-grandchildren; Also, his caregiver of twelve years, Anna Scribner and her family.


Mr. George L. "G. L." Mason III, 83, died Thursday, October 23, 2008 in Daytona Beach, FL after an extended illness.

Mr. Mason was a native of LaGrange, but he moved to Daytona Beach, FL from Lake City, FL in 2008. He served in the United States Marines during World War II as a Marine Raider. He retired from Terminal Transport in Cartersville. After retirement, he entered into retail sales with the bedding industry in Atlanta. He was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Lake City, FL, 50 year member of the Masonic Lodge and a Shriner, and a member of the VFW and the DAV. His hobbies included genealogy, ham radio enthusiast, watercolor painting and gardening. He enjoyed classical, country and gospel music as well as watching old movies, especially war movies.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Maudina Buchanan Mason and his parents G.L. Mason, Jr. and Kathleen Deloach Mason.

Survivors include his son, Alec Mason (wife Charlotte) of The Villages, FL; three grandchildren, Kevin Mason (wife Jennifer) of Covington, Angela Mason of Conyers, and Karen Mason of Smyrna; four great-grandchildren, William Lee Mason, Aleczandra, Dalton and Dillan Tiller; one brother, Meredith Mason of Cumming; two sisters, Kathleen Mason Torre and Adrian Mason Lawrence both of Conyers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, November 8, 2008 at the Music Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends the hour prior to the service.

Memorialization is by cremation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to American Cancer Society, 3011 Hampton Ave., Ste. 361, Brunswick, GA 31520.


Robert C. Mason, Sgt. Major (retired) [August 11, 2009], was known as a Marine's Marine. The Corps creed, "Semper Fidelis" - always faithful - was the hallmark of his professional and personal life. His courage, conduct and devotion to duty and family reflected the most valued traditions of the Corps and our nation. He rose to the top echelons of the United States Marine Corps (USMC), cited on numerous occasions for his extraordinary leadership.

In 1941, while at Paris Island, S.C. he graduated at the top of his class in all areas of training and there became an expert in light weapons ordinance. In the Pacific theater in WW ll, he was part of the legendary combat unit "Carlson’s Raiders." He served in Bougainville, Guam, the Marianas, Okinawa and other areas of the Pacific theatre where he was wounded several times and received the Bronze Star for bravery.

After the war, he was assigned to duty in China in 1946. There he served as one of the watchdogs over the Chinese Communists until he became the non-commissioned officer in charge of the embassy guard at Nanking. In that position, he was cited on numerous occasions by the USMC for extraordinary leadership.

In Korea, he took part in the Inchon landing, the recapture of Seoul and the winter campaigns against the Chinese Communist army near the Manchurian border. After his exemplary service in Korea, he was assigned to the Kaneohe Air Station in Honolulu, Hawaii where he was in placed in charge of light weapons training for all air station personnel. He used to say that in the Corps, every Marine is first and foremost a rifleman.

Later in his career, duty stations included Camp Lejeune, NC; Danang, Vietnam; USS Taconic, Pakistan; the Brooklyn Navy Yard; Paris Island and finally Glenview Naval Station in Illinois.

Robert Mason was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and grew up during the Depression in Scarboro, a West Virginian coal mining town. At 16, he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), started under the administration of Franklin D. Roosevelt. Robert said that decision changed his life. It provided substance, discipline, and a deep sense of pride in both personal and national accomplishments. In later years, one of his greatest satisfactions was to visit our U.S. National Parks where, in many, the work of the CCC "boys" still stands for generations to enjoy.

His beloved wife, Evelyn Hatfield Mason from Racine, West Virginia, died in 2006. He is survived by his two daughters, Margaret and Patricia, and son-in-laws, John and Ted. We treasure his memory and honor the values he lived. "Semper Fidelis and Keep Attacking."


Socastee--Lloyd Thomas Mathis, age 90, of Steeple Chase Drive, died Saturday, July 10, 2010 at Grand Strand Healthcare.

Mr. Mathis was born on October 25, 1919 in Cowpens, SC, a son of the late Miledge and Nettie Lee Davis Mathis. He was a retired Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy and served as a HMC during World War II. Mr. Mathis was attached to the 1st Marine Raider Battalion in Guadalcanal where he was decorated with the Navy Cross for bravery. After moving to Myrtle Beach, he was Business Manager for Ocean View Memorial Hospital.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Joan Mathis of Socastee, three sons, Thomas "Wayne" Mathis of Manhattan, Montana, Raymond Mathis and his wife, Virginia, of Monroe, NC and Mike Mathis and his wife, Sheri, of Socastee, one daughter, Diane Mathis and her husband, Christophe Benoit of Boston, MA, three sisters, Katherine Crocker and her husband, Rev. Clarence Crocker of Spartanburg, SC, Ruth Vassey and her husband, Lyman of Atlanta, GA and Betty Ann Hyder and her husband, Murrell, of Fort Walton Beach, FL, eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel with Rev. Ronald E. Greisner officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM Monday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be sent to Mercy Hospice and Palliative Care, P.O. Box 50640, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29579 or to the Horry County Humane Society, 2101 Industrial Park Drive, Conway, SC 29526.

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Custant J. "Cuggy" Mazel, 80, beloved husband of Mary (Fortuna) Mazel of Windsor, died Tuesday, May 23, 2000 at Hartford Hospital. Born in Poquonock on December 9, 1919, son of the late, Anthony and Grace Mazel, he was a lifelong resident of Windsor. Before retiring in 1982, he was employed at the U.S. Postal Office in Windsor as a carrier for 25 years. Cuggy was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran of World War II, was a member of St. Joseph Church, Poquonock and was a past member of St. Casimir's Lithuanian Society of Windsor. He was a past member of the Knight of Columbus of Windsor and the National Association of Letter Carriers. Besides his wife, he leaves two sons, Robert A. Mazel and Roger A. Mazel, both of Windsor; a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Aldonna Mazel of Windsor; and two nieces, Joan and Cynthia. Family and friends may gather, Friday, 8:15 a.m., at the Carmon Poquonock Funeral Home, 1816 Poquonock Ave., Poquonock section of Windsor, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, 9 a.m., in St. Joseph Church, Poquonock. Burial will be in Windsor Veteran Memorial Cemetery. His family will receive friends, today, 5-8 p.m., at the Carmon Poquonock Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Windsor Ambulance Corps, PO Box 155, Windsor, 06095.


Angelo ‘Andy’ Mazzanti, 85, resident of Springville, died Friday, Feb. 12, 2010, in the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville. Andy was born in Wilkes-Barre on September 8, 1924, a son of the late Peter and Mary Pennesi Mazzanti.

Andy served in the Pacific Theater in World War II in the U.S. Marine Corps, with Carlson’s Raiders, 2nd Battalion, Fox Company.

He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed spending time with family, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

He was active in many community organizations, including serving as an Honorary Deputy Wildlife Conservation Officer for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, serving on the Governor’s Sportsman’s Advisory Council, as well as being a founding member of the Merck, Sharp and Dohme Pistol Club.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Wendy, son, Jim, and brothers Gus and Vic.

Andy is survived by his wife, Lisa Wray Mazzanti; daughters Kim Mazzanti-Sahagian of Exton, Pa., Debbie Mazzanti of Telford, Pa.; grandsons Dale, Darren, and Michael; granddaughters Bryn, Jordan and Maureen; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Joshua, Lauren and Anthony.

Private funeral services will be held at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the U.S. Marine Raider Foundation, Vouza Scholarship Fund, c/o Jack Miller Jr., 102 Colonial Drive, Meridianville, AL 35759.

Arrangements are by the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home Inc., 73 W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock.


William McCall, 90, of Sidney, passed away Thursday morning, Aug. 25, 2011, at Golden Living Center in Sidney.

Cremation has taken place and no formal funeral services are planned.

William McCall, the son of James Earl and Tecla (Ibanez) McCall, was born on Jan. 2, 1921, at Cotabato, Philippine Islands. He graduated with a B.A. from University of Denver. He served in the military during World War II and the Korean Conflict, where he was a U.S. Marine and member of Carlson’s Raiders. William was awarded the Purple Heart and was very proud to have served his country. He was united in marriage to Ina Leva Winter and spent most of his life in Denver where he worked for Denver-Chicago Trucking Company until his retirement. William was a member of the AF of L/CIO Teamster’s Union all of his working life.

He enjoyed working on cars and tinkering with machinery, researching his family tree and reading.

Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Williams of Springfield, Ore.; and six grandchildren.

William was preceded in death by his parents; his wife in 1994; and his youngest daughter, Carol Jean McCall Frerichs in 2006.

Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service is in charge of William’s care and funeral arrangements.


Douglas Clement McDonald, 89, of Harrison, Tennessee, died on Tuesday, February 3, 2009, at a local hospital.

Mr. McDonald was born on December 31, 1919, in Tullahoma, Tennessee, where he lived until moving to Chicago, Ill., where he lived for 35 years.

He was a WWII veteran, a Marine Raider, and received a Purple Heart.

Survivors include his two nieces, Sherry (Perry) Zimmerman, of Harrison, Tennessee, Mariann Taylor, of Jonesboro, Georgia.

Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. Interment will be in Chattanooga National Cemetery.

There will be no visitation.

Arrangements are made by Chattanooga Funeral Home, Crematory and Florist, 5401 Highway 153, Hixson, Tennessee 37343.


McDonough, Edward J. 90, of New Port Richey died Feb. 21 [2011]. Survived by sons, Edward & Terence; daughters, Elizabeth & Cathleen; 1 sister, Patricia Masia; 4 grands. Morgan Funeral Home 847-3999.


McErlean, John C. Sr., 81, of Crystal River, died Friday [Dec. 3, 2004] at home under the care of his family and Hospice of Citrus County. He was born in Philadelphia. He moved to Dunnellon in 1979 from Norristown, Pa., then recently moved to Crystal River. He was a retired engineer for Bell Telephone Co. of Philadelphia with 38 years of service. He was a Marine Corps veteran enlisting at the beginning of World War II. He was wounded in Guam. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Raider Association and the DAV Commanders Club. He was a life member of the DAV. Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Ruth D.; a daughter, Susan Hendricks, Quakertown, Pa.; a son, John C. McErlean Jr., Crystal River; eight grandchildren including Pvt. Brian J. McErlean, Honolulu; and eight great-grandchildren. Fero Funeral Home With Crematory, Beverly Hills.


Second Lieut. Harold McFann Jr., a former Montpelier youth, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold McFann of Gary, Ind., died [September 28, 1944] at Gardner Field, Calif., following an airplane crash during a takeoff after an emergency landing. Services were held at Gary last Wednesday.


EUFAULA —Louis Joseph McGilbra, 84, U.S. Marine Corps staff sergeant, died Thursday [December 13, 2007]. Wake service 6-7 p.m., Monday at Kelley Memorial Chapel, Hunn, Black & Merritt Funeral Home, Eufaula. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday, Artussee Indian Baptist Church; and graveside service 1 p.m. Tuesday, Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson.


John P. McGinty, August 17, 2007, age 87, Beloved husband of the late Mary (nee Oliver) McGinty; Loving father Brian McGinty, John McGinty, Siobhan McGinty, Erin (Jack) Kennedy, and Neil (Jacqueline) McGinty; Cherished grandfather of 15 grandchildren; Caring brother of Sarah Gildea, Terrence McGinty, and the late Romaine Morgan. The family will be present to receive friends Sunday 7-9 PM and Monday 2-4 & 7-9 PM at the Tonawanda Chapel, Amigone Funeral Home Inc. 2600 Sheridan Dr. (Corner of Parker Blvd) where Funeral Services will be held Tuesday at 8:45 AM and at St. Christopher's Church at 9:30 AM Friends invited. John was a veteran of WWII serving as a Gunnery Sergeant in the South Pacific with the Marine Corps Raiders.


Keith F. McGlade, 81, of 235 Fond du Lac Avenue, Sheboygan Falls died peacefully on Monday morning, April 17, 2006 at St. Nicholas Hospital.

Keith was born on December 1, 1924 in Brill, Wis, the son of the late Michael and Eva (Coleman) McGlade. He graduated from Rice Lake High School in 1942. Keith served with the U.S. Marines from 1942-45. On September 19, 1953 he married the former Enid Gall in Sheboygan. Keith worked for the Borden Company for 25 years before his retirement in 1990.

He was a member of First Reformed Church in Sheboygan Falls, Edson’s Raiders Assoc., Sheboygan Falls VFW, Wisconsin Steam Engine Club, and was a former Scout Master for Troop #48. He enjoyed antique hunting and refinishing, woodworking, reading, yard work and going on walks with his wife.

He is survived by his wife, Enid of Sheboygan Falls; one daughter, Karen (Emmett) Bucholtz of Pewaukee; and four brothers, Lyle (Arlene) of Sheboygan, Russell (Lucille) of Winterhaven, Florida, Roland (Alfreda) of Nevada, and Allen (Geri) McGlade of Sheboygan Falls.

He was preceded in death by one sister, Betty (Al) Lapcinski.

A memorial service will be planned for a date near Memorial Day.

A memorial fund is being established in his memory for the Sheboygan County Cancer Relay for Life.


Francis C. McGrath, 92, of Voorheesville, N.Y. died Sunday, December 26, 2010 at home surrounded by his family.

He was born, March 24, 1918 in Cohoes, N.Y. the son of the late Frank McGrath and Eva Nolin McGrath. On October 16, 1939 he married Hazel M. Kennedy, who survives.

He was employed at the Watervliet Arsenal, when in 1942 he enlisted and served in the United States Marine Corps, 1st Raider Battalion. After receiving his honorable discharge, he returned to Cohoes and was employed by the United States Post Office until he retired. He was a loyal member of the National Letter Carrier Union.

He spent his free time in the Adirondacks at his summer residence in Schroon Lake, N.Y. with his wife, daughters, grandchildren and many friends, including the late Chuck Spetla and his wife, Gerry.

He is survived by his daughters, Eileen Pastore (Peter), daughter, Patricia Decherd; grandchildren, Lon, Brenden, Peter, Sabrina, Patrick, Jason, Joshua, Jared, Rebecca and Justin; nieces and nephews, Arthur McGrath, Kathy Tettinger, Susan Ellsworth and Michael McGrath. He was predeceased by his brother, Arthur McGrath.

Funeral services Friday, December 31, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at Blessed Sacrament Church, Albany where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. Relatives and friends are invited to attend.

There will be no public calling hours.

Interment St. Mary's Cemetery, Waterford.


Merrill F. McLane, 91, a retired Central Intelligence officer who served overseas and in Washington, D.C., died peacefully in his boyhood home in Rockport on September 14, 2008, surrounded by his family.

Mr. McLane, who lived in Bethesda, Md., was born in Rockport and graduated from Rockport High School in 1934. He was a descendant of Richard Tarr, first settler of Sandy Bay (Rockport).

Mr. McLane was an enlisted man in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1934 to 1938. In World War II, as a Marine rifle platoon leader in the operation to retake Guam from the Japanese, he was awarded the Bronze Star. He retired as colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves.

He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1942 and was active in alumni affairs. In 1976, he received a master’s degree in cultural anthropology from American University and went among the Gypsies in Spain. This resulted in three books, the first of which was "Proud Outcasts, the Gypsies of Spain." He also attended the Naval War College in 1956-57.

A mountaineer, Mr. McLane was co-author of a climbing guide to the Grand Tetons and took part in the rescue of a parachutist on top of Devil’s Tower, Wyo., in 1941. He played ice hockey until he was 78 and continued to skate with his grandchildren.

In Rockport, he was a founder of the Rights-of-Way to the Sea Committee, designated by the state of Massachusetts as a model for its other coastal communities to follow to protect access along the oceanfront. His writings on Rockport include: "The Adventure of Blueberrying on Cape Ann, Massachusetts," "Place Names of Old Sandy Bay" and "A New England Town at Dartmouth College, Rockport, Massachusetts."

Mr. McLane was a former member of the Alpine Club and a 50-year member of the Thoreau Society. A longtime Unitarian, he supported the opening of its first church in Honolulu. He was a member of the Universalist Church in Rockport.

Survivors include his wife, Helene, a native of Louvain, Belgium; his daughter, Karen McLane of Kensington, Md.; his stepdaughter, Natalia DeWitt of Bethesda, Md.; and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son, Bruce Merrill McLane, in 2005.

A service to celebrate his life will be held on Wednesday, September 17, at 1 p.m. at the First Universalist Church of Rockport. Funeral arrangements are being conducted by Burgess & Mackey Funeral Home of Rockport.


John J. McLaughry passed away on November 28, 2007, at the Tockwotton Home in Providence, after a long illness. He leaves his wife, Lois Lindblom McLaughry, of Providence, his children, Richard McLaughry of Needham, MA, David McLaughry, of Farmington, CT, and Marguerite Ames, of Norwich, VT, his stepson, Edwin Salisbury of Scotia, NY, and 6 grandchildren. Mr. McLaughry was born on April 8, 1917, in New Wilmington, PA, the son of DeOrmond Tuss and Florence (Jackson) McLaughry. He spent most of his childhood in Providence, graduating from the Moses Brown School in 1936. He attended college at Brown University, where he received a degree in Art, and was the President of the Class of 1940 and a member of Alpha Delta Phi. While at Brown, he was captain of the football team and an All-American football player, and was an All-American at the hammer throw. He played on the Eastern College All-Stars team which defeated the New York Giants in 1940. After graduation from Brown, he played a season of professional football for the Giants. He was recently named to the Brown University All-Time Football Team. During the Second World War, Mr. McLaughry served as an officer in the 4th Marines, and saw action on various Pacific islands, including Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam and Okinawa, retiring as a major. He was among the first of the troops to arrive in Japan following the end of the war. His career was primarily as a football coach. After a year as an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut, he served as head football coach at Union College (1947-49), Amherst College (1950-58) and Brown University (1959-66). He later served as the Director of Summer and Special Projects at Brown until his retirement in 1979. Throughout his life his greatest interest was his art. He was an active painter throughout his career, particularly after his retirement. He was a longtime member of the Providence Art Club where his work was shown several times. During the 1990s, he spent much of his time caring for his previous wife, Anne (Van Dyck), who passed away after a long illness in 1999. In 2000, he had the good fortune to marry his current wife, Lois, and they had several happy years together. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday December 15, 2007 at 1 p.m. in the Central Congregational Church, Angell St. Providence. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Alzheimers Association or the Brown University Sports Foundation.


John Daniel McMillian, 74, of Hurricane died November 18, 2001, in Putnam General Hospital.

He was a retired probation officer for the state of West Virginia and a schoolteacher. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the Marine Raiders.

Surviving: wife, Betty; son, Michael McMillian of Morgantown; grandchildren, Sarah and Matthew.

Funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2001, at Allen Funeral Home, Hurricane. Burial in Teays Valley Memorial Gardens. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Putnam County Humane Society.


Thomas Robert McNichols 88, peacefully passed away on August 8, 2010. He was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 18, 1922 to Thomas Francis McNichols and Lauretta (Fitterer) McNichols. Tom served in the South Pacific during WWII in the U.S. Marine Corps. Prior to discharge, Tom met his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Baker, while stationed at NSWC Crane in southern Indiana. They were married until her death on January 12, 2004. Tom taught physical science at Westlane Middle School for over 25 years. As an original Westlane Wildcat (when the school opened in 1956), Tom was Westlane's first football coach. He also was instrumental in the startup of several other school sports. Tom had a long and distinguished career at Washington Township Schools, retiring in l983. Prior to Westlane, Tom was a teacher at IPS and taught swimming in the summers with Indy Parks. He was a long time member of Union Chapel United Methodist Church, Indianapolis. He and his wife Dorothy were also members of the Riveria Swim Club and VFW Post, Broad Ripple. He is survived by three sons, Thomas McNichols, II (Sylvia), Stephen McNichols (Autumn), and James McNichols (Sandy); grandchildren, Tim McNichols, Jeff McNichols, Scott McNichols, Jamie Bensley (Ryan), Kelly Warner (Matt), Kristi Medley (Josh), Michael McNichols, and Leigh McNichols; 7 great-grandchildren; and dear friend and companion, Edith Whiteside. The family will greet friends on Wednesday, August 11, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel with service to follow at 1:00 p.m. Entombment will be at Washington Park East Cemetery. You may make a donation to either Union Chapel United Methodist Church, 2720 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis 46240 or to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals www.aspca.org, 424 E 92nd St, New York, NY 10128-6804.


McTigue, William G.; of Auburn Hills; retired Birmingham firefighter and Marine Raider; went home to be with the Lord and joined his golf buddies, sons, Cary and Don on August 9, 2010; at the age of 86.

Son of Florence Hansen of Hastings, PA. Survived by daughters, Shawn Watson, Colleen and Shannon McTigue; proud grandfather to Donni, Ryan, Katie, Taylor and Dylan; great-grandfather of three; brother to Florence McMurray of Hastings, PA; uncle to Jack, Sistie and Beeb.

Military Service at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI, Thursday at 10 a.m. Donations may be made to University of Michigan Trauma Burn Center, Attn: Sue Polan, 1500 E. Medical Center Dr., Room 1C435UH, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5333.


Randal G. Meador, 71, longtime employee of West Texas Utilities died Wednesday, March 20, 1995 at Hendrick Medical Center. Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday in St. Paul United Methodist Church with Rev. Archie Echols and Rev. Bill Libby officiating, directed by Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 542 Hickory. Burial will be in Elmwood Memorial Park. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of WTU and members of the Friendship Sunday School Class.

Randal was a native West Texan, born in Fort Chadbourne. Upon graduation from Bronte High School, he joined the Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific until 1945, earning the Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Upon discharge, he earned a BS Degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University. In 1949, he began working for WTU in Abilene and progressed through numerous engineering positions in the Distribution, Substations, and Transmission areas before being named Director of Engineering in 1977 and Vice President the following year.

Randal was a professional engineer, a member of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers and Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He was named Engineer of the Year by the Abilene Chapter of the Texas Society of Professional Engineers in 1981.

He has served on the board of the Expo Center in Taylor County, a member of the Key City Kiwanis Club and Texas A&M Club on the board and worked with Habitat for Humanity and Meals on Wheels. He was an active member of St. Paul United Methodist Church serving on various boards and committees and was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class.

He married Katherine Rawlings in Bronte on August 31, 1948.

Survivors include his wife, Katherine; two daughters, Cynthia Clark of Killeen and Linda Williams of Georgetown; two grandsons, Stoney Williams of Georgetown and Randy Clark of Killeen; one sister, Dorothy Horn of Dallas; and many special nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Troy Williams of Georgetown on January 3, 1996.

The family request that memorials be sent to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 525 Beech, Abilene, TX 79601; West Texas Rehabilitation Center, 4601 Hartford, Abilene, TX 79605; Habitat for Humanity, 5426 N. 9th, Abilene, TX 79603; or your favorite charity.


Chaplain (Col.) Charles Alexander Meek (USA Ret.) at his home on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008.

Born July 17, 1919, in Earle, AR., Chaplain Meek graduated from Ouachita College in Arkadelphia, Ark. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942, and was commissioned a second lieutenant. He was assigned to the 4th Marine Raider Battalion and saw action on several of the Pacific Islands. He was wounded during the invasion of Guam and awarded the Purple Heart. He was transferred to St. Simons Island, Ga., and remained in the Marine Reserve until he attended Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va. He transferred to the Army Chaplain Corps as a captain and was assigned to the U.S. Army Ranger Training Command at Fort Benning, Ga. He was assigned to the 45th Infantry in Korea in 1952 and earned the Silver Star, Korean Service Medal, Navy Unit Citation, Naval Commendation Medal, and Bronze Star W/V devices, 2nd OLC and National Service Medal.

Chaplain Meek served in Airborne Units for 15 years, including a tour in Vietnam as 9th Division Chaplain, earning the Air Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry w/Palm (Unit) Legion of Merit, Bronze Star with 2nd OLC and Distinguished Unit Citation. His other service awards include the Master Parachute Badge, Ranger Tab, and Good Conduct Medal.

After Vietnam, he was assigned as the Post Chaplain at Fort Campbell, Ky. He was then assigned as the Southern Command Chaplain in Panama in 1969. He returned to serve at Fort Bragg and XVIII Corps Chaplain in 1973.

Chaplain Meek retired from military service in 1975 and became active in Moore County, NC as a minister in the Presbyterian Church. He served as minister of Eureka Presbyterian Church and was an interim in many Moore County Presbyterian churches. He was a member of many volunteer organizations including DAV, The American Legion, VFW and TROA. He organized the "Restart Program" that sent 25 children each summer to Camp Monroe. He was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Memorial at Cannon Park in Pinehurst. He was a member of the Marine Corps League of Southern Pines, the Retired Officers Association, and the Country Club of North Carolina. He was a 32nd Degree Mason.

Chaplain Meek is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alice Gardner Meek; his daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and W. Z. Smith of Gastonia; sons, Charles S. Meek of Raleigh, and Richard A. Meek, of Supply. He had four granddaughters and one great-granddaughter. He is also survived by his sister, Frances Thompson, of Savannah, Tenn., nephew and wife, Charles and Betty Thompson of McLean, Va., and nephew and wife, Jimmy and Kathleen Coda, of Pittsfield, Mass.


P. A. "Pete" Menning of Woodbury, formerly of Mora, died on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009. He was 89 years old.

He was a Marine Raider in WWII, amateur radio KA0EIR and a retiree of the Milwaukee Railroad.

He is survived by wife, Edna; sons, John (Bev) and Michael; daughters, Judy Menning Ahlbrecht and Cheryl (Romy) Jurcoi; stepsons, Harlan (Karen) Hanson and Duane (Mary) Hanson; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and two brothers.

There will be memorial services on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009 at 2 p.m. at Established Heart Community Church, 562 Snelling Ave. S., St. Paul, MN. The family will greet friends at the church following the service.

There will be a private burial at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.

Arrangements by Cremation Society Edina Chapel.


Ford W. Meredith, 76, of Bee Spring died at 7 a.m. June 22, 2001, at The Medical Center at Bowling Green. The Edmonson County native was a retired heavy equipment operator for Tennessee Valley Authority, a World War II Marine veteran, a retired civil service employee at Fort Knox, and a member of Local 181 IUOE, Wand B. Doyle Chapter 32 Disabled American Veterans, and Nisbet Alexander Post 6937 Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a son of the late Turley Meredith and Oma Mae Anderson Meredith.

Funeral will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at Jock United Baptist Church, where he was a member, with burial in Washington Meredith Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. today at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Gravil Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Anne Hill Meredith; two sons, Terry Wayne Meredith of Brownsville and Philip C. Meredith of Bee Spring; a daughter, Lisa Price of Bowling Green; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Joseph G. Merlino age 76, of Powhatan died October 7, 2000 at Lakeside Memorial Hospital in Brockport. Mr. Merlino was born April 6, 1924 in Yonkers NY, a son of Joseph Merlino and Mary (Billingsworth) Merlino. He was a Veteran of World War II, and served in the United States Marine Corps with the First Marine Raider Battalion, also known as Edson‘s Raiders. Following the war, Mr. Merlino worked at the United Nations for 18 years before entering into public relations work with Consolidated Edison of White Plains, NY. He retired from that company in 1988. He was a Past President of the Downtown White Plains Exchange Club, and was also a member of both the Powhatan Lions Club and the Albion NY Lodge #1006 of BPO Elks. Mr. Merlino is survived by his wife Anne; by his sons Richard Merlino of FL and Randy (Julia) Merlino of NJ; his brother William (Barbara) Merlino of FL; his sister Theresa DeDivitis of TX; also by three grandchildren and seven nieces and nephews. There are no prior calling hours. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service which will be held October 17th Tuesday at 1:00 PM at Christ Episcopal Church in Albion. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements were completed through the Christopher Mitchell Funeral Homes, Inc of Albion.


Memorial services for Harold R. "Jeff" Metcalf, a retired University of Chicago administrator and former bar owner, are being planned. Mr. Metcalf, 71, died Saturday [May 14, 1994] in his Hyde Park home.

He worked for the university for about 26 years. He was director of athletics from 1976 until he retired in 1980. Before that, he was dean of students at the Graduate School of Business.

For a number of years, Mr. Metcalf co-owned the Eagle bar and restaurant at 5311 S. Blackstone. The bar, opened in 1965, was popular with university faculty members and graduate students.

Mr. Metcalf was born in Waco, Texas, the son of a charter member of the Anti-Saloon League. He joined the Marines after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 and was assigned to the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. As a member of Carlson's Raiders, headed by Col. Evans Fordyce Carlson, Mr. Metcalf was sent to defend Midway Island.

Serving later on Guadalcanal, he was told to his astonishment that an appointment to Annapolis had been secured for him by a Missouri senator named Harry Truman. All Mr. Metcalf had to do was arrange transportation.

"So I stole a rubber boat and outboard," he told the Chicago Sun-Times in an interview. He putted out to deep water and managed to hail a passing ship.

"Unfortunately, the ship broke down, and we made 4 knots all the way to San Francisco. By the time we arrived, it was too late to report to the academy," he said.

Instead, Mr. Metcalf wound up in a Navy V-12 program at the University of California, only to be expelled. At the time, he was in charge of leading his group in formation to an assembly hall to hear a university official speak.

"The speech turned out to be a vitriolic diatribe against the Democratic candidate for president, who also happened to be my commander in chief," he said. "So I jumped up in the middle of the speech and yelled `Dismissed' to my troops. Then I walked out. It was a little embarrassing due to the fact that nobody followed me."

In 1946, he enrolled in Stanford University but left shortly after to work at Macy's department store in New York. Mr. Metcalf earned a master's degree in history from the University of Chicago in 1953. He then joined the school as assistant to the dean and assistant director of the Graduate School of Business.

Mr. Metcalf also was chairman of the Graduate Management Admission Council and the Graduate and Professional Schools Financial Aid Council. He was on the Board of Governors of International House, a residential and program center for foreign students at the university.

He is survived by his wife, Karlyn.


MANSFIELD - Howard B. Metcalfe, 86, of Mansfield, died Monday, February 9, 2009 at Triumph Hospital in Mansfield. Born February 6, 1923 in Harlan County, Kentucky, he was the son of Brutus and Nancy Belle (Lewis) Metcalfe.

A highly decorated war veteran, Howard served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He entered the Marine Corps on July 4, 1942, trained at Parris Island, and served in WWII. After basic training he worked on mastering high speed Morse code. He later became a member of the 2nd Marine Raiders. After his tour of duty with the military, he returned home and attended the University of Kentucky, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in 1948. Howard then earned several Master's Degrees from Miami University of Ohio in 1970. He retired as a teacher of languages and head librarian for Fairfield High School.

Howard enjoyed several projects such as Political Action Committee, United Way, Blood Bank, and friend of education. He was a long time resident of Hamilton, Ohio and moved to Mansfield in the last five years to be close to family. Howard was a member of St. Mark's Methodist Church in Fairfield. He was a very giving and benevolent man.

He is survived by two nieces, Judy King Snyder of Bellville, and Debbie Weisbrodt-Melko of Miamisburg; four nephews, Eric Snyder, Jim Melko, Charles King, and Bruce King; three great-nieces, Ariel King, Erica Melko, and Meredith Snyder; four great-nephews, Michael Melko, Lee Snyder, Bryan King, and Michael King; and sister, Faye Weisbrodt.

He was preceded in death by his parents; nephew, Neil Weisbrodt; and sister, Frances King.

Military graveside services conducted by the Richland County Joint Veteran's Burial Detail will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, February 16, 2009 at Oak Grove Memorial Park conducted by Pastor Henry Parker. Friends may call from 9 to 10 a.m. Monday at the Diamond Street Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond Street, Mansfield.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 3008, Princeton, NJ 08543-3008


Michael J. Mike Micklos, 85 of Northampton, died August 16th [2005] in his home. He and his wife Geraldine (Calandra) Micklos were married 51 years in April. Born in Detroit, Michigan, he was the son of the late Frank and Julia (Borka) Micklos. Mike was a Corporal (TW) in the 1st Marine Raider Division, C Company, Edson’s Raiders. He was also a member and former Commander of the Catholic War Veterans post 454, as well as a member of the Veteran of Foreign Wars post 4714 of Northampton. A retired employee of the Northampton & Bath Railroad, Mike was an electrician by trade. He was also active in the railroad union. Mike and his wife Geraldine owned Micklos Electric & Paint Supplies in Coplay from 1974-1979. He was a member of Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church, Northampton and the Holy Name Society.

Survivors: Besides his wife, Daughters: Gerri Stouffer of Shillington, Rosemary wife of Greg Kokolus of Mertztown, Anne wife of Lee Van Horn of Mahanoy City and Michele wife of Kevin Campbell of Zionsville; Sister: Emilia Mann of Missouri; 4 Granddaughters: Jackie & Julia Stouffer, Laura Kokolus and Leah Van Horn. He was predeceased by sisters: Mary Ressler and Elizabeth Micklos and a brother Frank Micklos.

Services: Friday, August 19th at 9:45am in the Reichel Funeral Home, 326 E 21st St., Northampton. Mass will be Friday 10:30 a.m. in the Our Lady of Hungary Catholic Church, Northampton. Call Thursday 6-9:00pm in the funeral home. Burial with Military Honors will be in the Parish Cemetery.

Contributions: To the American Cancer Society c/o the funeral home.


John W. Mielke, age 87, of Ferndale, died Saturday, September 11, 2010. He was born July 25, 1923 in Royal Oak to Theodore and Beatrice. Mr. Mielke was active in the Ferndale Historical Society, VFW, Boy Scouts and the Exchange Club. He was part of the First Marine Raider Battalion in U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. Survived by wife, Eleanor; children, John III, David and Jean (Richard) DeKeyser; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and siblings, James Dunstan, Margaret Grabow and Frances. Predeceased by son, James; and sisters, Isabelle and Alvina. Visitation Monday 5-9 p.m. and Tuesday 2-8 p.m. at Spaulding & Curtin Funeral Directors, Ferndale. Funeral service Wednesday 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment, Oakview Cemetery, Royal Oak. Memorial donations to Beaumont Hospice.


Walter S. "Mickey" Miklasz, 85, of Steubenville, died Wednesday, May 23, 2007 at the home of his daughter in Carmel, IN. He was born August 13, 1921 In Steubenville. He is the son of the late Anthony and Malvina (Czarniewski) Miklasz. He is also preceded by his brothers, John, Edward, Chester and Francis, and his sister, Stephania Miklasz. Walter retired as a construction surveyor. Surviving are his wife, Genevieve (Jablonski) Miklasz, two sons, Ted Miklasz (Holly) of San Diego, CA and Michael Miklasz (Nancy) of Beaver Creek, OH, one daughter, Teresa Noice (Tom) of Carmel, IN, eight grandchildren, Brent Miklasz, Ashley Miklasz, Jennifer Behnken, Jimmy Miklasz, Stanley Miklasz, Jeffrey Noice, Tonya Noice and Jason Noice. One great-granddaughter, Ashley Behnken. Walter was a lifelong member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, the U.S. Marine Raider Association, American Legion Post 33, Polish National Alliance and the Polish Athletic Club. Walter also served his country in the Marine Corps in WWII. Calling hours are Tuesday, 2-4 & 6-8 PM at the Mosti Funeral Home, Sunset Chapel, 4435 Sunset Blvd. A funeral liturgy with mass will be celebrated noon Wednesday at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Msgr. George Yontz. Burial in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. There will be a vigil service Tuesday at 3:45 PM.


Anthony Mimosa passed away in the comfort of his own home at 9:45 AM on Monday, September 13, 2010.

He was born September 3, 1924 in Rodeo, California. As a boy, he worked in the fishing industry while attending school. He also worked for California Wine and Sugar, and Union Oil. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, although he also attended Portland College, CSU Hayward, and UC Berkley. Besides selling insurance and working for Philco Ford, he worked for Lockheed as a financial negotiator for almost 40 years.

He was married to Elsie Mimosa for over 50 years before her passing in 2006. He is survived by his two daughters, Donna and Mary Jane, his son John, his granddaughters, Bonnie Jean and Kate, his grandsons, James, Jeremiah and Charles, and his great grandson Danny. In addition, Anthony, also known as Tony by his friends, served in the Marine Corps, in the Raider battalion during World War II. He was very active in Little League and the Boy Scouts. He was a devoted Husband, dedicated Father and always did everything he could to help his family. He will be missed by many.

The viewing will be held Thursday September 16, 2010 from 2:00 PM-6:00 PM, and the funeral will be Friday September 17, 2010 at 11:00AM, both at Oakwood Chapel.


Harry L. "Bud" Minegar, 82, of Pierce Street in Osceola, Ind., passed away of natural causes at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2001, in his residence. Mr. Minegar was born on Jan. 23, 1919, to Harry C. and Nora (Barnhart) Minegar in Osceola.

On Jan. 13, 1945, he married Catherine "Tap" Baker after his return from 3½ years of service in the Marine Corps with the 2nd Raider Division in the South Pacific. Mrs. Minegar survives. He is also survived by his son, Gregg Minegar and his wife, Cindi of Osceola; his daughter, Patti Hayden, and her husband, Bob of Osceola; sisters, Vivian Snyder of Elkhart, Ind., Kathryn Wagner and her husband, Bill of Osceola, and Betty Jo LeMaire and her husband, Lee of South Bend, Ind.; along with seven grandchildren, Sarah Hayden, Heather Hayden, Jessica Hayden, Andy Minegar, Abby Minegar, Adam Minegar and Alison Minegar. Mr. Minegar was preceded in death by his sister, Jeraldine Tarman.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. today, April 27, in the Chapel Hill Funeral Home in Osceola. Services will be conducted by William G. Howell at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, in Calvary Temple Assembly of God, South Bend, with interment to follow at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola.

Mr. Minegar was a 1938 graduate of Jimtown High School, Jimtown, Ind. He served in the Marine Corps for over three years. Mr. Minegar recently worked for Gurley-Leep Mercedes Benz after retiring from Wheelabrator and Studebaker in South Bend. Bud was also a member of Calvary Temple Assembly of God in South Bend. Memorial donations in Mr. Minegar's name may be made to Calvary Temple Church or to Hospice of St. Joseph County.


Oliver Charles Mitchell, of Waco, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, at his residence. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 5, at Oakwood Cemetery, with the Chaplain Craig Klempnauer officiating. Mr. Mitchell will be in state beginning Thursday, February 4, at Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey. Charles was born July 17, 1924, in South Bosque, Texas, to J.D. and Hattie Mitchell. He married Mary Lou Wall in 1946. After graduating from Waco High School, he enlisted in the Navy, later transferring to the Marine Raiders, serving his country in the Pacific as a medic. After WWII ended, Charles attended Baylor University and graduated in 1951. He later started Mitchell Electrical Co. Charles was a charter member of Cogdell United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Martha Wills; his daughter, Janet Birge; his grandson, Tyler James; and his daughter-in-law, Vicki Mitchell. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mary Lou Mitchell; two sons, Jeff Mitchell and wife, Ann and Steve Mitchell and wife, Leslie; four grandsons, Brian, Brady, Lee and Jake Mitchell and wife, Laura; granddaughter, Mika Mitchell; his brother, John Mitchell and wife, Frances; step-grandchildren, Jessica Graves and husband, Brandon; Amanda Reed and Michael Reed; special granddaughter, B.J. Kizer; and nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family wishes to thank Gwendolyn Holmes, Patsy, Gabby, Wesley, Rudy and the staff of Southern Care Hospice for their dedicated care.


A memorial service will be held Sunday for Warren M. Mizer of 105 5th Ave., Sharon. He passed away at 6:13 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010, in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Pittsburgh. He was 89.

Mr. Mizer was born Jan. 29, 1921, in New Comerstown, Ohio, to Claude and Jessie Mae Mizer.

Warren served in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean conflict as one of only 4,400 men involved in the U.S. Marine Raiders, a specialized force within the Marine Corps. In World War II, he was wounded in action and received a Purple Heart; in the Korean conflict, he was wounded twice and earned two Purple Hearts. Warren obtained the rank of sergeant, serving as a drill sergeant for the Marines.

He worked as a tree trimmer for Davey Tree Service of Kent, Ohio, and from 1966-78, was the owner/operator of a Dairy Queen in Pittsburgh. He retired in 1986.

Warren was a life member of the National Rifle Association and enjoyed gardening, hunting, reading westerns, animals and skeet shooting; he loved eating ice cream.

His wife, Lenora Mizer, whom he married May 15, 1959, passed away June 21 of this year.

Surviving are: a daughter, Linda Yatsko, Sharon; a son, Eric Mizer and his wife Lisa, Pittsburgh; a sister, Donna Cone, Oregon; a brother, David Mizer, Tucson, Ariz.; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Besides his wife, Warren was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Josephine Gaskill; and a brother, Wayne Mizer.

Memorial service at 2 p.m. Sunday (12--26-10) in the chapel of John Flynn Funeral Home & Crematory Inc., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage, with the Rev. Richard Holley of Grace Chapel Community Church, Hermitage, officiating. Full military honors by American Legion Post 432, Wheatland; and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6233, West Middlesex.

Cremation took place in the funeral home crematory.


FAYETTEVILLE — Retired Army Special Forces Command Sgt. Maj. Clarence Joseph Mobley, 84, of 315 Kirkwood Drive, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 29, 2009, in UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Clarence Joseph Mobley served faithfully and loyally in the service of his country for 34 years. During his career, he served and was a member of 1st Marine Raiders Battalion, and was one of the first 100 Special Forces master parachutists to have over 2,000 jumps to his credit. He also received 22 Air Combat medals to his achievements. Clarence served in World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War. He was also a well-known and liked Ranger instructor. During his service career, he was awarded seven Purple Hearts, the Silver Star with the Marines and Bronze Star with V for valor. After his distinguished military career, he was employed by the City of Fayetteville as a building inspector for 29 years before his retirement. Clarence was also a U.S. Marshal.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Mobley of Hope Mills; two sons, Thomas Winfred Mobley of Metairie, La., and Glenn Lee Mobley of Hope Mills; a daughter, Linda Gail Atkinson of Raeford; two sisters, Daisy Finnangan and Barbara Love of Sea Breeze, Fla.; a brother, Frank Mobley of Panama City, Fla.; five grandchildren, Thomas, Tammy, William, Ashley and Kimberly; and three great-grandchildren, Scotty, Briggs and Trent.

The Mobley family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight, April 2, 2009, at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home, 500 Ramsey St., Fayetteville.

A celebration of the life of retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Clarence Joseph Mobley will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2009, in Rogers and Breece Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Gary Strickland officiating.

Following the rendering of full military honors, he will be laid to rest at Cumberland Memorial Gardens, Raeford Road, Fayetteville.

The Mobley family has entrusted services to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home of Fayetteville.


Louis Robert Modder, 84, beloved husband of Ruthe Boomker Modder, died Dec. 11, 2005.

The family will receive relatives and friends Friday evening, Dec. 16, 2005, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church. A celebration of life will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2005, at the church, where members of his Sunday school class, The Witness Class, are invited to serve as honorary escort and greeters. Military Rites and entombment will follow at Graceland East Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society, or to a charity of your choice.

Mr. Modder was born in Chicago to the late Louis and Ann Slager Modder. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II, as part of the Edson’s Raiders. He was past owner of Lou Modder & Assoc. Food Brokerage of Greenville; and was a member of Kairos Prison Ministry, Pleasantburg Lions Club, and Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years; a son, Bob Modder and his wife, Suzanne Stewart Modder, of Simpsonville; a daughter, Ruthejo Russell and her husband, Sonny Russell, of Greenville; three grandchildren, Jocelyn, Meredythe and Hugh Russell; two step-grandchildren, Catherine and Margaret Stewart; two sisters and a sister-in-law, Joyce Modder Wiersma and her husband, Ken, Annamae Modder Veldman, and Esthermae Boomker Jegen and her husband, Rod, all of Chicago, Ill.; 12 nieces; and nine nephews. Predeceased was a brother-in-law, Clarence Veldman.

PalmettoCare Funeral Home is serving the Modder family.


Dale Verland (Dusty) Mohlman was born on July 10, 1923, in Columbus, Neb. After working the wheat harvest and in CCC camps in the summers during high school, he joined the Marine Corps 1942, and saw action in Bougainville as part of the Carlson Raiders and later at Okinawa. When the war ended, Dusty returned to Nebraska, married, had two sons, Lyle, and Dwayne, and apprenticed with a master carpenter until he was recalled for the Korean Conflict. During this stint with the Marines, he decided to make the military his career, and never regretted his decision. He was fiercely patriotic and proud to serve his country and developed a lifelong interest in the cultures of other nations as a result of time spent in Japan and several other ports of call. Following Korea, he served as the Maintenance Chief of VMCJ-1 at Danang Vietnam. When he retired in 1969, he found his way to Camp, Arkansas, by visiting a friend, and bought the farm that he lived on for the next 40 years. In 1975, he married Virginia Lee Murray of Thayer, Missouri. They had many, many years of happiness together, shared by numerous dogs, cats, one donkey, a horse, a goose, dozens of chickens, peacocks, a raccoon, thousands of wild birds, and trusting deer that came into the yard every night. He used his skill and love of woodworking to make beautiful pieces including intricate award-winning chess sets, bluebird houses, swings, and miniature saw horses that, more often than not, he ended up giving to friends. He never quit educating himself -- even after losing his eyesight, by listening to historical books on tape from the Library of Congress. He became ill in December of 2010, but kept his sense of humor and determination to the end. He passed away peacefully, and gratefully in his sleep on June 27, 2011.

Dusty leaves behind a close-knit group of neighbors who were his "family", especially after "Jan" passed away in November of 2009. He described his life as "the best."

A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011, at Barker Funeral Home Chapel in Salem, Ark.


A funeral Mass for Joseph G. Molnar, 79, formerly of 72 Westwood Drive, will be said at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of the Sacred Heart with the Rev. Sean M. Murray, pastor, and the Rev. Edward E. Papp, pastor of St. Mary's Church, Potsdam, officiating. Burial will be in Visitation Cemetery, Norfolk.

Mr. Molnar died at 11:50 p.m. Monday [August 5, 2002] at Highland Nursing Home.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Phillips Memorial Home.

Mr. Molnar was employed in a steel mill in Elyria, Ohio, for a short time before enlisting with the Marine Corps and serving during World War II in the South Pacific. He received a Purple Heart and Silver Star.

He was a master diesel mechanic with Rouan Equipment and Heislers Equipment, both in Elyria, retiring Dec. 1, 1984.

Born Nov. 18, 1922, in Norfolk, a son of John and Margaret Bregg Molnar, he attended schools in Raymondville and Norfolk and a diesel mechanic school in Missouri.

He married Mary Papp on July 13, 1946, at the Church of the Visitation, Norfolk, with the Rev. Francis J. Connors officiating.

Surviving besides his wife are a daughter and her husband, Cheri and Zoltan Zadory, Brockville, Ontario, and five brothers, George and Francis, both of Norfolk, Peter, Bosseir, La., Gayland, Austintown, Ohio, and John, Dewitt.

Two brothers, Steve and Andrew, and two sisters, Mary Bregg and Emma Papp, died before him.

Donations may be made to Massena Volunteer Rescue Squad.


Harlan Lapett Morgan, 86, of North Syracuse, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2010. He was born in Liverpool and was a retired mechanic. He was a United States Marine Corps veteran of WWII serving with the Carlson Raider Unit in Bougainville, Solomon Islands and many other Pacific Fronts. Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Margaret Morgan; sister, Betty Samsel; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Maurer Funeral Home, 300 Second St., Liverpool. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m Saturday at the funeral home. Interment will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Warners. Maurer Funeral Home, Inc.


Joseph Walden Morse MSGT, USMC Retired Born on 8/16/1917 in Detroit, Michigan and passed away on June 27, 2008 at the age of 90. He is survived by his wife, of almost 62 years, Joyce, of Moreno Valley, daughter Vicki, and son-in-law Bill, of Moreno Valley, and son John, and daughter-in-law Diana, of Bloomington, and many nieces and nephews. Joe enlisted in the USMC at the age of 18, and served in Guadalcanal, China, and Japan. Joe retired after 32 years. He worked for International Harvester and Kenworth, before starting his own equipment-leasing business. Joe was very involved in Boy Scouts with his son, and Girl Scouts with his daughter. Joe was an original member of the Moreno Valley General Plan Board that set the goals for the newly created City of Moreno Valley. Joe also served on the Eastern Municipal Water Board, and he and Mom were privileged to be able to stand on the floor of the Diamond Valley Lake before it was filled. Joe was also one of the original members of Semper Fi 1, the original group of retired Marines that formed to give the military honors to fallen warriors of all service branches. Before Semper Fi 1, there was no live bugler, no rifle salute, and no service personnel to render those honors at Riverside National Cemetery. Joe became an honorary member in later years. Now it is time for Joe to receive these full military honors he so richly deserves. Services will be held on Tuesday, July 15, 2008, Riverside National Cemetery. Assembly is at 11:15am, Staging Area 3 for the 12:30pm services. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to: Semper Fi #1, 25920 Iris Ave., #13A-117, Moreno Valley, CA., 92551 or call Mac McClain at 909-225-2346.


Funeral services for Pfc. Harold Moth, 29, of Fyler Road, Kirkville, will be held this afternoon at his late home, Rev. Buchanan officiating. Interment will be made in Fyler Cemetery. Pfc. Moth of the U.S. Marine Corps was killed instantly Tuesday [April 3, 1945] at about 2:25 p.m. when the light truck he was driving was struck by an eastbound train at the Main street crossing in Minoa. He is one of four sons in service and arrived home Easter morning on 30 days' convalescent leave from the United States Naval hospital at Portsmouth, Va. after serving 29 months in the South Pacific area. He had just left Scheuerman's hotel, near the crossing, where he had chatted for 20 minutes with Donald Peters, the proprietor, concerning the whereabouts of several Minoa friends in the service. According to witnesses, the bell at the crossing was sounding and the red signal light was against him when he drove onto the tracks. Nicholas Pallotta, crossing watchman, reported to Coroner Harry L. Gilmore that he shouted a warning as the light truck reached the tracks but Moth apparently did not hear him. Besides his parents, Pfc. Moth is survived by four brothers, Fireman 1/c Glenn Moth, and Fireman 1/c Merle Moth, both serving in the South Pacific; Mach. M. 2/c Paul Moth, who is home on leave from Florida and Reginald Moth, of Kirkville, and five sisters, Mrs. Dora Brownell, Mrs. Grace Daniels, Mrs. Florence Howard, all of Kirkville, and Mrs. Hazel Griesbach and Mrs. Erla Russell, of Syracuse.


Gustave P. Motz, 86, of Fort Wayne, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009, in Albion, with his family present. Born Aug. 16, 1923, in Fort Wayne, he was a U.S. Marine Corps World War II veteran. He worked as a mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service for 30+ years and was a charter member of Our Hope Lutheran Church, Huntertown. He is survived by two daughters, Kathy (Steve) Cox and Rosy (Steve) Blessing; two sons, John (Deborah) Motz and Richard (Susan) Motz; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, George (Pete) Motz; and one sister, Ruth Huntington. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen P. "Pat" (Manes) Motz, in 1987. Service is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Our Hope Lutheran Church, 1826 Trinity Drive in Huntertown, with calling one hour prior at the church. Calling also from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Klaehn, Fahl & Melton Funeral Home, Wayne Street Chapel, 420 W. Wayne Street. Burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Preferred memorials to Our Hope Lutheran Church or Parkview Home Healthcare & Hospice, Columbia City.


Frank F. Mueller, 84, of Charlotte, died Tuesday, August 3, 2004 in the VA Hospital in Salisbury, NC. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial for Mr. Mueller at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 7, at St. Peter's Catholic Church with Father Joseph Sobierajski SJ officiating. Parking is adjacent to the church in 'The Green' parking deck. Interment will follow the service at Sunset Memory Gardens. A Rosary will be said at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening in the Hankins & Whittington Dilworth Chapel. Visitation will follow from 7:30 until 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

A native of Altoona, Pennsylvania, Mr. Mueller was born February 28, 1920, a son of the late John Mueller and Frances Huber Mueller. He graduated from Altoona Catholic High School and served in the Marine Corps (Edson Raiders) in WWII. He retired from the RCA Corporation.

Mr. Mueller is survived by his wife Eugenia 'Jean' Carlan Mueller; a son, Christopher Mueller and his wife Tracie; daughter, Maryanne Mueller Jackson and her husband, David; two grandsons, Dalton and Blake Jackson, all of Charlotte; a brother, John Mueller of Altoona, PA; and two sisters, Mildred Wolfe of Milwaukee, WI and Betty Tittler of Altoona, PA; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Mueller was preceded in death by five brothers and five sisters.

Memorials may be sent to St. Peter's Catholic Church, 507 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28203.

Arrangements are in the care of the Hankins & Whittington Dilworth Chapel, 1111 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC.


Robert J. Mulcahey, age 90 of Janesville, died on Thursday, January 26, 2012, at his son's home in rural Waseca.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, January 30 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church in Janesville with Fr. Peter Klein, Celebrant. Interment with military honors will follow in the St. Ann Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be held on Sunday from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church in Janesville and will continue on Monday morning for one hour prior to services. Arnoldt-McRaith Funeral Home of Janesville is handling arrangements. Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

Robert James was born on May 16, 1921, in Milwaukee, WI to James and Alice (Jewison) Mulcahey. In the early 1940's Bob worked in Chicago, IL and St. Louis, MO before entering military service. As a member of the United States Marine Corps, Bob served for over three years in the South Pacific. Following his honorable discharge in 1946, Bob returned home and on June 2, 1947, was united in marriage to Lillian Mary Baumgartner at St. Columbia Catholic Church in Iona, MN. Bob and Lil farmed and raised their family east of Janesville before moving into town in 1983. Bob was a member of the Janesville American Legion #281, Waseca V.F.W. #1642, Knights of Columbus (3rd and 4th degree), Mankato's DAV Chapter #10 and Forest James DET Marine Corps League Chapter #589, and the Sleepy Eye Chapter of the Purple Hearts Organization. Bob loved to golf, and was an active member of the Prairie Ridge Golf Club and Janesville Golf Association. He was a longtime member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Janesville. Bob and Lil enjoyed their many winters together in Texas.

Bob is survived by his wife Lillian of Janesville; by his children, Michael (Jane) Mulcahey of rural Waseca, Mary Mulcahey (Michael Menaker) of Louisville, CO, James (Irene) Mulcahey of rural Janesville, Edward (Sharon) Mulcahey of Janesville, Barbara (Alan) Kunz of Waseca, Bernadette (Dan) Zellmer of rural Janesville, Karen (Brian) Barnett of Elysian, Patricia (Dennis) Stankey of Smiths Mill, and Joann (Richard) Jacobson of Woodbury; by 29 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren; by his siblings, Marie Maxwell of Rochester, Bert (Sylvia) Mulcahey of rural Janesville, Patrick Mulcahey of St. Clair Shores, MI, and Sr. Germaine Mulcahey SSND of St. Paul; by his brother-in-law Robert Lynch of Waseca and sisters-in-law Genevieve Mulcahey of Janesville; by many nieces and nephews, cousins and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gerald and James; sister, Margaret "Peggy" (Miller) Lynch; brothers-in-law Everett Maxwell and Gerald Miller, and sister-in-law Florence Mulcahey.


Thomas Francis Mullahey passed away peacefully in Santa Rosa, California April 2, 2002 at age 82. Born in San Francisco and lived in Honolulu, New York, Guam, and Shanghai during his formative years. Graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in American history. A 25-year resident of Marin County. Lived 16 years in Oakland before moving to Santa Rosa last September. Entered the Marine Corps in 1942 and became one of Edson’s Raiders. Received letters of commendation for service in Guadalcanal and New Georgia. Resigned his commission in 1947 and rejoined the Corps in the reserves as a Major. Retired as a Colonel in the 1960s. Private employment included public relations work for the Hawaii Employers Council and freelance writing, voice-overs and producing in television. Returned to San Francisco in 1952 and continued freelance work while serving as the Director of Public Affairs for KRON TV. Worked as an executive speechwriter and management trainer for Bechtel from 1974 until his retirement in 1985. Played baseball, football, tennis, golf and lawn bowled. Traveled extensively and knew smatterings of a few languages. Was an avid reader, sports fan and enjoyed playing bridge. Tom exuded the spirit and pride of a Marine until the end. He was a great gentleman, had great intelligence and a breadth of knowledge that was very much admired. He was an outstanding provider for his small family and will be greatly missed by his daughter, Vicki Mullahey Thiele of Santa Rosa and former wife Joan Mullahey. No services will be held at his request. Memorial contributions can be made to the Georgetown University Alumni Fund, 3604 O Street NW, Washington DC 20077 or to a favorite charity. Chapel of the Chimes-Oakland 510-654-0123 "Service of Marked Distinction."


Jack Bertram Mullikin, 88, of Salt Lick Road, Burtonville, died Friday, July 17, 2009, as the result of an automobile accident.

Born May 4, 1921, in Kenton County, to the late Bert Mullikin and Blanche Prather, he was a construction worker, farmer and landowner. He was a member of Burtonville United Methodist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher for more than 20 years. He was a World War II veteran of the US Marine Corps First Marine Raider Battalion and served in the South Pacific, New Georgia, Emirau, Guam and Okinawa. He was the recipient of four Purple Hearts.

His wife, Evelyn Mullikin, died in the same automobile accident.

Survivors include three sons, JB (Lynn) Mullikin of Lexington, Daryl (Linda) Mullikin of Burtonville and Deron Mullikin of Burtonville; one brother, Howard Mullikin of Norwood, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Lori Mullikin, Sara Mullikin, Gavin Mullikin, Alina Mullikin, Kyle Mullikin, Travis Mullkin and Dera Mullikin; two great-grandchildren, McKenzie Mullikin and Kaylen Mullikin; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one son, Chuck Mullikin; one sister, Doris Moss; and one brother, Maurice Andrew Mullikin.

Services will be at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, 2009, at Tollesboro Christian Church with Bro. Mike Ishmael officiating. Burial will be in Burtonville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Monday at the church. Barbour and Son Funeral Home in Tollesboro is in charge of arrangements.


MILLVILLE - Joseph L. Murphy, 93, of Millville, formerly of Ashland, died Saturday, March 11, 2006, at Lydia Taft House, Uxbridge.

He was the husband of Anne M. (Roberts) Murphy.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late Joseph A. and Grace (McIsaac) Murphy and was a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston.

He was employed as an exhibits manager at Dennison Manufacturing for 25 years. A resident of Millville for more than eight years, he had previously lived in Ashland for more than 40 years.

He was World War II veteran, having served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Marine Corps, Edson's 1st Marine Raider Battalion and received the Purple Heart.

Mr. Murphy was past president of Bay Path Alumni at Northeastern University and past president of the Raider's Association of the U.S. Marine Corps. He enjoyed woodworking.

Besides his wife, he leaves four sons, Charles E. Murphy of Uxbridge, Joseph L. Murphy Jr. of Millis, Robert W. Murphy of Southborough and James A. Murphy of Millville; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

A military funeral service was set for Tuesday, March 14, from the Buma Funeral Home, 101 N. Main St., Rte. 122, Uxbridge, followed by a Mass of the Resurrection, at 10 a.m., at St. Augustine Church, Lincoln Street, Millville, and burial in Milton Cemetery, Milton.

Memorial donations may be made to the Girls and Boys Town, 13940 Gutowski Road, Boys Town, NE 68010.


Lois Norris (L.N.) Murphy, age 87, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, died Saturday, September 20, 2008. He was born May 23, 1921 in Hooker, Oklahoma to Isom and Addie (Dobbs) Murphy. A proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Mr. Murphy was self-employed as a furniture upholsterer. Preceded in death by his parents, he is survived by his wife, Helen Murphy. Funeral services will be at Mercer-Adams Funeral Chapel at 10:00 AM, Tuesday, September 23, 2008. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Oklahoma City, OK


A long-time resident of Santa Clara and Medford, Oregon, our beloved Bill passed peacefully [January 2, 2010] in Carmichael, CA. He proudly served our country in WWII as a member of the U.S. Marine Raiders. He was wounded in action in the Solomon Islands, South Pacific; he received a Purple Heart. Bill retired from Westinghouse Marine Division in Sunnyvale as a Manufacturing Engineer. He was preceded in death by his wife Rosemarie Otto, his second wife Donna Anderson, his sister Joyce Murray Drake, and his oldest daughter Leslie Martin. He leaves behind his brothers, Donald (San Jose) and Robert (Crescent City), his daughter Christine O'Keefe, his step-son Steven Hjerrild, 8 awesome grandchildren, 10 cute great-grandchildren, and many wonderful nieces and nephews. We will all miss him deeply. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.


NEAULT, Keith F., of Whitehall, Montana, died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his family at the Advanced Care Hospital of Montana on March 31, 2010. Keith was born June 20, 1924, in Flint Michigan where he lived for 56 years. His parents were Earl and Anna Neault. Keith married Virginia Neault on April 21, 1950. From 1945 to 1980 Keith worked for Trembert's Furniture Store and Flint Carpet. In 1980 Keith and Virginia moved to Montana to be closer to their son Richard, his wife, Janet, and granddaughter Krista, who lived in Bozeman at the time. They settled in a house in the Gallatin Canyon while Keith continued selling carpet at Gallatin Valley Furniture. In 2005, Keith and Virginia moved to Whitehall where Janet and Richard had moved. Keith attended St. Michaels High School and returned every year to attend the reunion and golf tournament. Keith served as a Raider, 6th Marine Division during World War II on islands in the Pacific. Both he and Virginia were avid bowlers, belonging to bowling leagues and traveling many places around the U.S. to play in national tournaments. He spent his years in Montana hunting and fishing with his son. Keith is survived by his son Richard, Richard's wife Janet, his granddaughter Krista Neault of Billings and his brother Jim Neault of East Tawas Michigan. Cremation has taken place and a private family memorial will take place in the spring at Fort Custer National Cemetery, Michigan, with military honors. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested a donation be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, 875 North Randolph Street, Suite 225, Arlington, VA 22203


Sylvester "Skee" Nelson passed away peacefully on March 28th [2011] after a gallant fight with cancer. Skee was deeply loved by his family, his Atria Woodbridge community, his fellow parishioners at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Irvine, and by many others who came in contact with him over the years

Skee was born on September 18, 1922 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He was the youngest of eight brothers and sisters. After graduating from East High School in 1941, and with the attack on Pearl Harbor, Skee joined the Marine Corps in 1942. While in boot camp, Skee volunteered for the newly organized elite Marine unit - Carlson's Marine Raiders, 4th Battalion, under Col. James Roosevelt. After serving in the Pacific theater from 1943-1945, and receiving two Purple Hearts, Skee went on to serve in Korea and Vietnam before retiring in 1973 as a First Sergeant after thirty years in the Corps

Skee was preceded in death by his mother and father, his seven siblings, and his beloved daughter Carol. He is survived by his daughter, Christine; son-in-law, Jim; grandchildren, Travis and Tyler; nieces, Pat Vanden Avond and Doris Senn; nephew, Gene Nelson and his wife Rosa, and many other nieces and nephews

Skee's family would like to thank the St. John Neumann and Atria Woodbridge communities, Dr. Siskind, St. Michael's Hospice and other care givers for their love and support -- and last, but not least, the Green Bay Packers for producing a Super Bowl win in Skee's final season

Services will be held at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Irvine on Friday, April 8th at 8:30 a.m., with reception to follow

O'Connor Mortuary, (949) 581-4300


OCEANSIDE - Peter J. Neris, 84, died Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Born Nov. 29, 1921, in Lowell, Miss., he lived in Oceanside for 32 years. He retired in 1971 from the U.S. Marine Corps as a master gunnery sergeant. He served in World War II in the South Pacific in the 4th Marine Raider Battalion of the 1st Marine Raider Regiment. He received the Purple Heart. From 1946 to 1951 he served in China and Korea, and received a second Purple Heart and a gold star. From 1958 to 1960 he was a drill instructor at Parris Island. He did two tours in Vietnam

Mr. Neris is survived by his wife of 60 years, Lily M. Neris of Oceanside; sons and daughter-in-law John and Linda Neris of Murrieta, Alex Neris and Peter Neris Jr. of Oceanside; daughter and son-in-law Irene and Wayne Smith of Stockton; sister Liz Keating of Rockford, Ill.; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren

Visitation and viewing with rosary recited are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, July 23, at Eternal Hills Mortuary, 1999 El Camino Real in Oceanside. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 24, at Eternal Hills Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow at Eternal Hills Memorial Park

Eternal Hills Mortuary is handling arrangements


Robert Preston Neuffer, president of a management recruiting firm and a decorated World War II Marine Corps veteran, died of cancer Wednesday [January 15, 1997] at Rosary Hill Hospice in Hawthorne, N.Y. He was 77 and a resident of Pound Ridge, N.Y

A 1940 graduate of Wesleyan University, he enlisted with the Marines in 1941 and fought in some of the most crucial battles of World War II on Guadalcanal, Guam, and Okinawa. As a member of Edson's Raiders, an elite Marine unit, he played a significant role in the battle for Guadalcanal in 1942. The six-month military campaign marked a turning point for American forces, handing them their first victory against the Japanese Imperial Army after months of defeat. His command of his men in the First Marine Raider Battalion earned him the Silver Star for "conspicuous gallantry" and "exceptional leadership and initiative." He later received a Bronze Star for his courage and judgment during the 1945 battle for Okinawa. He retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of lieutenant colonel in 1946, after helping to oversee the return of Japanese troops from mainland China

Mr. Neuffer launched his business career in Boston with Gillette, where he was director of food store operations. During a 25-year career in sales and marketing in the New York City area, he worked as general sales manager of Chesebrough-Ponds; vice president of the consumer products division of Hoffman-LaRoche; and vice president of drugstore sales for Revlon. He was president of Management Recruiters of Westchester, a management recruiting firm in Tarrytown, N.Y

He leaves a son, Mark of Chicago; and a daughter, Elizabeth of Berlin

A memorial service will be held Tuesday at 4 p.m. in Pound Ridge Community Church in Pound Ridge, N.Y


SOUTH BEND - Sylvester "Sal" E. Niedbalski, 86, passed away at 9:12 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2009, in Keepsake Village, Columbus, IN. Sal was born on November 7, 1922, in South Bend, to the late Sylvester and Clementine (Zamiatowski) Niedbalski. On September 14, 1946, in South Bend, Sal married Esther (Jankowski), who passed away on December 31, 2006. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Leonard M. Niedbalski. Sal is survived by his sons, Garry (Bette) of Columbus, IN, Jeffrey (Debbie), Les (Colleen) and Bradley (Mary), all of South Bend; seven grandchildren, Brian, Jeffrey II, Robert, Noah, Anthony, Sarah and Mariah; five great-grandchildren; four sisters, Eleanor Harringer of South Bend, JoAnn Mentzer of South Bend, Mary Ann D'Aleasandro of Montclair, NJ, and Jean Landuit of Livonia, MI; and a brother, Daniel Niedbalski of South Bend. Sal worked at United Foam before retiring in 1978. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 18 months in the South Pacific. He was a member of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion under "Iron Mike" Edson. Sal loved euchre, bowling and fishing. He also played baseball with American Legion Post 357. He participated on the 1939-1940 Washington High School Baseball Champion Team. He was a parishioner at St. Adalbert Catholic Church where he was involved with the St. Joseph Young Men's Club. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today, June 3, in St. Joseph Funeral Home, 824 S. Mayflower Road, where a Rosary will be prayed at 4 p.m. A funeral service will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 4, in the funeral home. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Cemetery, South Bend. Visitation will also be from 9 to 10 a.m. on Thursday morning in the funeral home prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor's choice


Melvin Earnest Nordstrom Sr., 80, of Redding, died July 24, 2004, at his residence

Mr. Nordstrom was born April 15, 1924, in Fort Collins, Colo. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Raiders during World War II. He was owner/operator of Nordstrom Kiln, which manufactured industrial ovens in Pomona, for many years

He lived in Weaverville from 1980 to 1998, when he moved to Shasta County. He was a member of Trinity Alps Golf and Country Club

Survivors include his wife, Gayle Nordstrom of Redding; son, Melvin E. Nordstrom Jr. of Cottonwood; daughters, Christa Lee Nordstrom of Sacramento and Laura Lynn Nordstrom of Apache Junction, Ariz.; sister, Muerlene Higgins of Weaverville; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren


Clarence Noring started his life on February 12, 1922, in Brunswick, N.C. Clarence was 86 years old when he died peacefully in his sleep at the V.A. hospital in Reno, Nev., on November 28, 2008, just one day after Thanksgiving

A service to remember his life will be on December 13, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the LDS Lake Side Church, 1095 Golconda in Reno

Clarence is survived by his wife of 29 years, Dora Mae Meador Noring, His son, Lee Noring of Woodland, Calif., his two daughters Karen Noring of Reno, Nev., and Lisa Noring Chansler, of Live Oak, Calif., and his sister Patsy Cottle Bumby of Elk Grove, Calif. He was blessed to have three grandsons, four granddaughters and three great-granddaughters

Clarence's parents were Roy Noring and Elsie Noring. Clarence did not receive a chance to get to know his father growing up since his father was killed on the job working as a steeplejack before Clarence's second birthday. He grew up with his loving Mom and his three Sisters living in Wilmington, N.C. Patsy is his only surviving sister and now living in Elk Grove, Calif

Clarence married Mary Katherine Davis near the end of the 2nd World War and raised their three sons. His only surviving son is Lee Noring now living in Woodland, Calif. Clarence's wife Mary passed away when their youngest son Wray was only 17 years old and a senior at Yuba City High School. Clarence remarried after Mary's death and fathered and raised two daughters, Karen and Lisa

Clarence was a combat veteran of World War II. He joined the United States Marine Corps the day after his high school graduation in 1939 and served until the end of the war

Thanks to U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada he received his medals and honors February of last year. Veteran Clarence Leroy "Roy" Noring received his Purple Heart medals during a presentation at the Air National Guard Auditorium in Reno, Nev. At that time he was believed to be the last survivor of the Edson’s Raiders 1st Marine Division, U.S.M.C., Edson’s Raiders was small unit of Marines who got their name when they raided Guadalcanal on September 8, 1942. During that raid was one of the three times Clarence was wounded for which he received Purple Heart medals

Clarence or Roy Noring as his friends at work knew him, worked as a construction electrician since the early '50s. He retired as member in good standing of Sacramento union Local 340 IBEW

Clarence moved his whole family to Yuba City, Calif., from the Philadelphia, Penn., in 1960 to work on the three ICBM missile bases in the Sacramento Valley. He loved living & working in the Sacramento valley and stayed here after the Missile bases were completed. In the years since he has worked on many local projects like the Oroville Dam, Hell Hole Dam, The State Fair Grounds, and many PG & E power stations in Northern California

Boy Scout Master of his sons Boy Scout troop. Past Master of the Sutter Lodge in Sutter, Calif. and Marysville Masonic Lodge in Marysville Calif. Sacramento Member of the Shriners and was a member of one of the local Shriners’ marching bands


CARBONDALE - Thomas Hayton North Jr., 94, died Sunday, June 21[2009], in VA Medical Center in Marion

He was born Dec. 4, 1914, in the Crab Orchard Creek bottoms south of Carterville

As a youngster, he attended one room North School. Upon graduation he enrolled at Carterville High School where he earned 12 varsity letters in football, basketball, and track. He graduated in 1934 and attended Southern Illinois State Teachers College (later SINU and SIU) where he earned eight varsity letters in football and track for the Maroons. He was selected to the SIU Hall of Fame in 1980. He graduated from SINU in 1938. He taught science at Carterville Junior High and coached baseball and basketball

In 1940, he became a parole officer for the state reformatory in St. Charles, until the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. He immediately went to Chicago and joined the U.S. Marine Corps and headed to San Diego for basic training. As a lieutenant in the Marines, he saw action in the early fighting in the South Pacific. As a Marine Raider, he was critically injured on a beach landing at Bougainville in November 1943. For this he was awarded the Purple Heart. He began a long convalescence with numerous surgeries to restore his sight. While in the hospital and recuperating, he corresponded with Alta Marie Woodrow of Veedersburg, Ind. They married April 27, 1944. The couple recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary, and she survives. The couple had four sons, Thomas H. North III and Linda (Spears) of Carbondale, Alan H. North and Jo (Dougherty) of Marion, Norman H. North and Debbie (Lord) of Stafford, Va., and Mark H. North and Gayle (Fozard) of Sparta

Upon his retirement from the Marine Corps in 1945, he returned to Carbondale and started working with the blind. He became the State Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Disabled at SIU. He earned his Master's degree in 1956 from SIU and retired from the state in 1970. An avid supporter of the Salukis, he rarely missed the maroon and white play at McAndrew. Tom was also a big fan of Terrier sports, and was a school board member for CCHS from 1962 to 1974. In his retirement he enjoyed travel and his daily walks to the Ramada Inn for his afternoon swim and sauna. Tom also jumped back into athletics, participating at the Senior Olympics in Springfield. He later learned to spoil his six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a devoted member of First Christian Church of Carbondale, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ainad Shriners, Williamson Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rites Bodies, Carbondale Elks, Marine Corps League, Marine Raider Association and Devil Dogs. He will be missed by family, friends, the kind people at the VA in Marion, the bank tellers who knew him as the junk money man, and many folks who knew him as the whistler on Poplar and University streets in Carbondale

Memorial services will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2009, in First Christian Church in Carbondale, with Pastor Jerry Dunn officiating

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for a contribution to the SIU Foundation/Saluki Way in memory of Tom North (SIU Foundation attn: Natalie Sutton, SIUC, 1235 Douglas Drive, Carbondale, IL 62901)


Kenneth K. Northeimer, Sr., 90, died on Saturday, September 29 [2007] at the Essa Flory Hospice Center where he was surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his wife, Gloria Washburn Northeimer, to whom he was married sixty-one years

He was born on August 13, 1917 in Eagle, Chester County. His father was J. Charles Northeimer and his mother was Sarah Keenen Northeimer. He was the last of a family of four brothers and seven sisters

As a United States Marine, he fought in the Pacific during World War II. He served for the duration of the war in the First Battalion of Carlson's Raiders

He owned and operated his own painting and paperhanging business and later delivered fuel oil for Witmer Company, Inc., Way Oil Company, and Musselman Lumber Company

In addition to his wife Gloria, he is survived by three children, Doris Craver, fiancée of Willie Cruso, III of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Audrey Karlesky, wife of Joseph Karlesky of Lancaster, and Kenneth K. Northeimer, Jr., husband of Doris Reeder Northeimer of Lancaster. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Laura Craver, Christopher Karlesky, Matthew Karlesky, Joshua Northeimer, husband of Lisa Keim Northeimer, and Kaitlyn Northeimer, by four great-grandchildren, Andrew, Tyler, and Hunter Craver and Tucker Northeimer, and by many nieces and nephews who were part of his loving extended family

He enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing and he especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, New Holland and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars

His funeral will be held on Friday, October 5, 2007 at 11 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church, 221 E. Main St., New Holland, PA 17557 with The Reverend Jeffrey Pretz officiating. Interment will be in the adjoining church cemetery. A visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 10 to 11 AM. Please note that due to the New Holland Fair, those traveling from Lancaster will need to take Route 23 to New Holland, turn left on Custer Ave, right on W. Conestoga St., Right on N. Railroad Ave. and then left on to E. Main St. to get to the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Trinity Lutheran Church (address above) or Hospice of Lancaster County, PO Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. The Groff-High Funeral Home, New Holland is in charge of arrangements


Joseph Anthony Nortmann, 94, of Hiawatha, died Saturday, May 7, 2011, in Washington State. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Cedar Rapids by the Rev. Beverly Thompson-Travis. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial: Linwood Cemetery, Cedar Rapids, with military rites

Survivors include two sons, Gary (Bunliep) Nortmann of Cedar Rapids and Edward (Virginia) Nortmann of Silverdale, Wash.; three grandchildren, Mark, Eric and Trevor Nortmann; many great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his wife; a sister, Mary Helen Thompson; and two brothers, George (Ozzie) Nortmann and John Nortmann

Joseph was born March 1, 1917, the son of Anthony and Mary (O’Sullivan) Nortmann in Coralville, where he attended school. He served with the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and Korea. On Feb. 24, 1947, he married Sybil Kenney in Cedar Rapids. She died Oct. 20, 2005. Joseph worked for Iowa Electric, retiring in 1982

Joseph was a member of American Legion in Coralville, VFW in Coralville, and Marine Corps Raider Association

Memorials may be directed to the Wounded Warrior Fund


Gerald (Jerry) Arthur Obert was born Aug. 26, 1924 in Grand Rapids, Mich., to Blanche and Edgar Obert. He was raised on the family farm in Big Rapids, Mich. with seven brothers and sisters, Bill and Betty Obert, Big Rapids, Mich., Norm (deceased) and Adelline Obert, Big Rapids, Mich., Nina and Mid (deceased), Eldred, Big Rapids, Mich., Betty and Nile Hanes, Muskegon, Mich., Jim and Joanne Obert, Big Rapids, Mich., Hazel and Glen Marvel, Big Rapids, Mich., and Dewey and Sharon Obert, Big Rapids, Mich

At the beginning of WW II, he was drafted into the military, choosing to become a Marine Raider. After basic training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., where he met his wife-to-be (Jean Allen), he was sent to serve in the Pacific. For the duration of the War, Jerry survived under horrific odds, making multiple beachheads and was one of only three men in a company of approximately 160 to survive and make it home

Upon his return, Jerry and Jean were married, beginning their new life together in the San Fernando Valley in California. Jean has since passed away, but they are survived by their children, Peggy and David Pegg of Fountain Valley, Calif., Paul and Sharon Obert of Casper, Wyo., Penny Vesterby and fiance Mark Kiok of Lake Arrowhead; multiple grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Patricia, Jerry’s oldest daughter, and husband, Boyd Horn, preceded him in death

Jerry enjoyed a lifetime of hunting and fishing with family and friends. He was an avid outdoorsman and excellent long range marksman. Jerry and his son, Paul, shared hunting adventures across the Western United States, packing into remote areas hunting big game

Between his outdoor excursions, Jerry worked for 35 years in the aerospace industry at Marquardt and then Lockheed Corporation. At Lockheed, he worked on the SR-71 Blackbird, among other accomplishments

Once retired, Jerry and Jean moved to Lake Isabella in Kern County, Calif., where they lived for over 17 years. In 2005 they moved to Hesperia, Calif, to be closer to their youngest daughter, Penny. They moved into the Desert Rose Assisted Living Facility a year later. The staff at the Desert Rose soon became like extended family. Jerry lived there until his death on July 14, 2010

Jerry enjoyed life and the people in it. Family was important to him and he kept his children acquainted with the "Obert Clan" back in Michigan, by taking frequent family trips there in the summers. Jerry was loved by his family and friends, having an infectious smile to go with his many tall tales. His children are proud of their father’s creativity, talents and uniqueness. His passing has left a void in many lives, he will be missed

Jerry and Jean’s ashes will be interred together at the Kern River Valley Cemetery in Wofford Heights, Calif., along the shore of Lake Isabella


NEW MIDDLETOWN- Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at the New Middletown chapel of Clemente Funeral Home for Howard C. O'Dea, 89, who passed away on Friday [February 25, 2011] at Sterling House of Salem after a short illness

Howard was born on June 5, 1921, and raised in Nebraska, son of Ruth and Charles O'Dea. He moved to Denver, Col., where he met his future wife, Myrtle M. Pettit

They were married on Aug. 14, 1942. Howard then joined the Marine Corps during World War II, serving first as a replacement in the First Raider Battalion, Edson's Raiders, then with the Fourth Marines and finally the Sixth Marines. He served from New Caledonia to New Georgia to Guadalcanal to Guam to Okinawa and finally the occupation of Japan. Howard was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps during the occupation of Japan with the rank of sergeant

After his discharge from the Marine Corps, Howard was reunited with his wife in Youngstown. He and Myrtle had two children, Patricia S. and Thomas C., and made their home in Poland

Howard worked at several places in the area before coming to the E.W. Bliss Company of Salem where he worked as a floor engineer. He held many union positions while working at E.W. Bliss, including president of Local 3372 of the United Steelworkers. He retired as a staff representative of the United Steelworkers in 1985

Howard was an avid golfer and enjoyed traveling by car across the country

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle M., in 2004; his son, Thomas C., in 2005; and his daughter, Patricia S. Opsitnik, in 2011; as well as his parents, his sister, Margaret, and his brother, James

Howard is survived by his son-in-law, William G. Opsitnik of New Middletown; two grandchildren, William C. (Milissa) Opsitnik of Salem, with whom Howard had made his home prior to living at Sterling House of Salem; and Katherine (Mike) Miller of Powell, Ohio. He leaves his cherished great-grandchildren, W. Cody and Alissa A. Opsitnik

Friends may call two hours before the service at the funeral home from 9 to 11 a.m. on Monday

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the donor's choice


Fred Odette, age 87, of Flint, died Friday, January 25, 2008 at McLaren Regional Medical Center. Mr. Odette was born October 12, 1920 in Bay City, Michigan, the son of Owen and Josephine Odette. Fred served his country during W.W.II in the U.S. Marines with Edson's Raiders, 1st Battalion, Company B in the Pacific Theatre. He was wounded in battle, receiving hip, face and neck wounds and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was discharged from the Marines in October 1945 and was a member of D.A.V. Fred was passionate about his military service, talking to everyone who would listen. He loved his country and was honored to have fought to defend her. Fred created scrapbooks to give to libraries in order that others would know about the war he fought in. He worked his entire career with the U.S. Post Office. On December 22, 1950 Fred married Jean Wilson and she survives him. Fred and Jean loved to travel. Fred also loved soft ball, bowling and euchre. Also left to cherish his memory are his nieces and nephews, James (Sharon) Odette, Steven (Karen) Odette, Bob Lastkey, Georgia (Manuel) Gonzales, Robin Hurtado, Robert (Elizabeth) Wilson, Joseph Bonnain, Marcy (Lynn) Kulp, Lucien Bonnain, Roberta Bonnain; several great nieces and nephews; special friends, Olivia and Juan Hernandez and Roy and Martha Brown. Mr. Odette was preceded in death by his brothers, Owen, Arthur and George; sisters, Mary, Delia and Elizabeth (Betty). Friends may visit the family from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Reigle Funeral Home Sunset Chapel. The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2008 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Great Lakes National Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Veterans Hospital in Saginaw


Ken O’Donnell, age 85, Marine Raider, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, October 8, 2009, following a courageous battle with cancer

He was born on November 26, 1923, in Belle Fourche, South Dakota, to the late Michael Leroy O’Donnell and Gladys Marian Marks. He graduated from Merriman High School, Merriman, Nebraska, in 1941. Ken was attending the University of Nebraska when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. He and his best friend from high school, Bud Leach, enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on September 9, 1942. Ken served with distinction with the 4th Raider Battalion, commanded by LtCol James Roosevelt (President Franklin Roosevelt’s eldest son). He was wounded twice during the assault on Bairoko Harbor, New Georgia, and spent the next eleven months at the Naval Hospital in San Diego. He attained the rank of Sergeant before his discharge on December 7, 1945. On October 2, 1943, he married Arline Dowd, his high school sweetheart

After the war he and Arline moved to Boulder, Colorado, where he attended the University of Colorado. There he and Arline had three sons. He entered the pharmaceutical field and also built several houses in Boulder

His beloved wife of almost 31 years died on September 6, 1974. He later married Mary Jane Oakes (Bucky) of Virginia

Ken was the President of the United States Marine Raider Association from 2008-2009 and had been a member since 1982

Ken is survived by his wife, Bucky; three sons, Terry, Timothy, and Tally; stepdaughter Carol Oakes and stepson John Oakes; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jim, and his sister, Jane

A memorial service for Ken O’Donnell will be held on 1 November at the Quantico Marine Museum Chapel at 5:30 PM followed by a reception at the Quantico Marine Museum at 6:30 PM. Interment will be in Boulder, Colorado, at a later date

In lieu of flowers, Ken’s family requests funds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org Fund in his name

Ken’s family wishes to thank all the many family and friends who have expressed their condolences


FRIONA - Keith Oliver, 77, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997

Mr. Oliver was born in Fannin County. He had lived in Friona since 1985, moving from Anaheim, Calif

He married Wanda Roberts in 1946 at Bellflower, Calif

Mr. Oliver retired in 1983 from Pacific Bell Telephone Co. of California after 35 years of service. He served with the Marines during World War II

He was a Methodist and a member of the Marine Raider Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Telephone Company Pioneers of America

Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Renee King of Garden Grove, Calif.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Amarillo with the Rev. Don Boren, pastor of Friona First United Methodist Church, officiating. Arrangements are by Ellis Blackwell Funeral Home


INGLIS-- James G. Oliver Jr., 61, died Sunday, March 13, 1983, at his home in Inglis

He was born in Long Island, N.Y., and moved to Inglis two years ago from Spencer, N.Y

Mr. Oliver, a retired security guard and policeman, and World War II Marine Corps veteran, was a member of Yankeetown Community Church and the Marine Raider Association

He is survived by his wife, Helen Oliver of Inglis; two sons, James W. Oliver, Ontario, N.Y., William A. Oliver, Virginia Beach, Va.; four daughters, Elizabeth Aivalotis, Virginia Beach, Va., Marjorie Stevens, Spencer, N.Y., Susan Marz, Richmond, Ky., Kathryn Kuba, Grand Prairie, Texas; a sister, Viola Oliver, Central Islip, N.Y.; and nine grandchildren


Louis Joseph Olszewski, WW II U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant and beloved father, retired letter carrier and family member, formerly of Port Chester, New York died May 7, 2011 in San Jose, CA. Born on May 26, 1919 he bravely served his country from 1938 to 1945. As a member of the First Marine Raider Battalion, his unit - the Edson's Raiders - received two coveted Presidential Unit Citations for their service on Guadalcanal and the Battle of Bloody Ridge. He joined the Postal Service and retired in 1980. Married on October 7, 1945, to Ida Ponterio (deceased), Louis and Ida moved to San Jose, CA in 1999. Beloved father of Robert Olszewski of San Jose and Lynn Dziekan of Texas, grandsons Todd and Scott, daughter-in-law Lorene, nephews, nieces, and many dear friends. Services will be held at Santa Clara Mission Cemetery at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 16. Memorial Donations can be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation


Richard Arthur Orphey, 85, a resident of Bremerton died in his home of natural causes on August 15, 2009. He was born in Hammond, Indiana on March 15, 1924 and was preceded in death by his wife Ginger in 1993. He attended schools in Hammond and graduated in 1942

He served in the United States Marine Corps, 1st Division from 1942 to 1952 and was part of the outfit called "The Raiders," and later was a member of the Marine Raider Association

He worked for the United States Post Office, Bremerton as a mailman, office manager and accountant. He also worked for Johnson's Lumber on Callow Avenue until it closed. He enjoyed fishing, camping, gardening, hunting and bowling

Arrangements are under the direction of Rill's Life Tribute Center, Port Orchard


Robert L. Osburn, 79, of Cape Girardeau died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at his home

He was born Nov. 10, 1924, in Shelby County, Mo., son of O.R. and Helen Wedel Osburn. He and Bonnie Baker were married June 4, 1949, at Mexico, Mo

Robert was employed with Southwestern Bell 39 years, retiring Feb. 13, 1985. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, VFW Post 3838, American Legion Post 63, Disabled American Veterans and a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge

He served in World War II from 1942 to 1946, as a U.S. Marine Corps Raider in both the South Pacific and European Theaters

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Morris Osburn of Normal, Ill., Ted Osburn of Cape Girardeau; a brother, Morris Osburn of Cape Girardeau; five grandchildren, Robert W. and Morris L. Osburn of Normal, Brooks, Bennett and Breyton Osburn of Cape Girardeau

There is no visitation

A memorial service will be held at Ford and Sons Mount Auburn Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Thursday. The Rev. Scott Moon will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Missouri Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield, Mo

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace United Methodist Church or Southeast Hospice


Henry T. Osowski died Monday, March 28, 2011, in the Burnt Tavern Rehabilitation Center in Brick, NJ. He was 92. Born in Harrison, NJ, he lived many years in North Arlington, NJ before moving to Brick 8 years ago. Henry is a retired Iron Worker with Local 11 and was a U.S. Marine Raider, serving four years in the Pacific Theater. He was a soccer player for the Irish American in Kearny along with his brother Frank. He was also a member of the Old Guard in Brick

Henry was the husband of the late Karolyn (nee Grant); Father of Karolyn R. Postlethwaite, Barbara Dignazio and Frank Golomb; also surviving are seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and four sisters

Visiting is on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Wilfred Armitage and Wiggins Funeral Home, 596 Belgrove Dr., Kearny, N.J. Service is Thursday at 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery


WHIDBEY, Wash. -- Roy V. Owen, 84, Sgt. Major, USMC, (Ret.), formerly of Idaho Falls, died Oct. 22, 2007

He was born in Corvallis, Ore., on Oct. 23, 1923. He moved with his family to Idaho Falls and enlisted in the National Guard in 1939. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from November 1941 until retirement in August 1969. He served during World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War

He married Bertha I Fink in Idaho Falls. After retiring from the military, he worked as a boiler plant operator in Oak Harbor, Wash

He was a life member of the U.S. Marine Raider Association, the Disabled Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Fleet Reserve. Roy enjoyed golfing at the Whidbey Golf and Country Club

He requested cremation and burial at sea with no services

Survivors include his brother, Carrol Owen of Idaho Falls


"The spirit was willing but the flesh was weak." So were the last months of Stanley Roosevelt Owen of Van Buren, who entered this world on Dec. 8, 1923, to proud parents Theodore and Biddie Owen. He would be the first in a family of six children growing up in the Fort Smith and Van Buren area

At the age of 18 he enlisted in the Marine Corps and fought in World War II from Jan. 7, 1943, to Nov. 7, 1945. As a Marine Raider he defended our country bravely in the South Pacific, where he received three Purple Hearts and a Gold Star

Stanley was a printer by trade, being employed at the Press Argus for 26 years and then becoming co-owner of Owen Printing and Publishing with his brothers Dale and Kenneth Owen in Alma. In 1981 Daddy and Mama moved to Mount Pleasant, Texas, where they became members of South Jefferson Baptist Church and remained until 2002 when they came back home to Van Buren to care for his mother-in-law, Pearl Bray whom he loved and respected dearly until her departure in September of 2005

At the age of 82 years, Jesus came for Daddy the morning of Tuesday, May 30, 2006. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Kenneth Owen; a sister, Irene Sellers; a grandchild, Aaron Owen; and brothers-in-law, Virgil Sellers and Jay Mills. He is survived by his wife, Peggy Owen of Van Buren; three daughters and sons-in-law, Robin and Rodney Fuller of Waldron, Rhonda and Jon Harvey of Fort Smith, and Risa and Tommy Oglesby of Mount Pleasant, Texas; four sons and daughters-in-law, Roger and Tammy Owen of Alma, Randal Owen of Van Buren, Richard Owen of Mount Pleasant, Texas, and Ronald and Christie Owen of Clarksville; one sister, Janice Owen Mills of Iowa; two brothers, Dale Owen of Roland and Don Owen of Charleston. He had 23 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews

Services are 2 p.m. today at South Jefferson Baptist Church in Mount Pleasant with graveside services at the U.S. National Cemetery in Fort Smith at 2 p.m. Friday, June 2, 2006. The Rev. Ronald Owen and the Rev. Roger Owen officiating under the direction of Curry-Welborn Funeral Home of Mount Pleasant


Pape, Robert B., 85, of St. Pete Beach, died Monday, Feb. 12, 2007, at home. Born in Cambridge, Mass., he came here in 1959 from Atlanta as a manufacturer representative in the swimming pool industry. He graduated from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He was a World War II and Korean War Marine Corps veteran and a lifetime member of DAV and Edson’s Raiders. Survivors include a son, Robert Douglas, Treasure Island; and five grandchildren, Brian and Kevin, both of St. Petersburg, Lee, Jacksonville, Kimberly, Treasure Island, and Jeanelle, Mount Holly, N.J. Neptune Society, Palm Harbor


Clayton Eldridge Parcell Sr., Last Marine Raider, 86, of Staffordsville, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at the Salem V. A. Medical Center

He was born September 6, 1921, at Crumpler, W.Va., the son of the late Albert Wesley and Elsie Vernon Hamblin Parcell. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Evelyn "Pat" Patterson Parcell; five brothers, Carl, Garland, John, Irvin and Hersel Parcell; and two sisters, Irene P. Dodson and Frankie P. Whittaker

He was a Marine veteran of World War II, a retired employee of the Celanese Corporation and a member of the Narrows American Legion Post #68 and the VFW Post #6000

He is survived by one son, Clayton "Corky" Parcell Jr., of Pearisburg; one daughter, Olivia Reed and husband, Darrell, of Radford; one sister, Argie P. Spangler, of Pearisburg; four grandchildren, Shawn Parcell Capozzi and husband, Lee, of Riner, Corey Shannon Reed and wife, Tanoe, of Bluefield, W.Va., Natashia Reed Pierson and husband, Ross, of Salem, and Chelsea Reed, of Radford; five great-grandchildren, Ashley and Adriel Reed, of Draper, Royce Pierson, of Salem, Isabella Capozzi, of Riner, and Cruistan Reed, of Bluefield, W.Va.; and special friend from V.A. Medical Center, Laura Jean Rumsey

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, July 11, 2008, at A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate with the Rev. John Hash and the Rev. Roy Burton officiating. Military Graveside Service at the Staffordsville Cemetery, Staffordsville, Va., by the Narrows American Legion Post #68, Pembroke American Legion Post #311 and the Narrows VFW Post #6000

The visitation will be Thursday, July 10, 2008, at the funeral home after 1 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Please take food to Faith Temple Church, Pearisburg for meal after funeral service on Friday


Harry L. Parke passed from this life on Friday, March 11, 2011 at the age of 87. He was a faithful and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Delores Hingle Parke; children: Harry Jr. and Jean Parke of Slidell LA, Michael and Connie Parke of Baton Rouge LA, Stephen and Kathy Parke of Chesterfield SC, Gregory and Jane Parke of Mandeville LA; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and other family members. He was preceded in death by his mother, Minnie Hall Dewitt; sisters: Willie Lenora Gregory, Annie St. Angelo Marengo; brother, Phillip St. Angelo; and great-grandson, Jacob Parke. He was born in Brookside, AL, and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. He was a longtime resident of New Orleans, LA, and a resident of Slidell, LA for the past 5 years. He was a respected and faithful member of the First Pentecostal Church in Slidell and New Orleans, and a board member of the First Pentecostal Church of New Orleans. He served during WWII in the elite "Marine Raiders" unit of the United States Marine Corps. He was awarded the Purple Heart, and was a combat veteran in the battles of Bougainville, Emirau Island, Guam, and Okinawa. He was a lifetime member of Disabled American Veterans. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral. Visitation will be held at First Pentecostal Church of Slidell, 388 Robert Blvd., in Slidell, LA, on Sunday, March 13, 2011, from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm and on Monday, March 14, 2011, from 9:00 am until 11:00 am. Memorial Services will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2011 at 6:00 pm at the church. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 14, 2011, at 11:00 am at the church. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Memorial Gifts may be made to St. Joseph Hospice, 19405 Helenburg Rd., Covington, LA 70433. Arrangements by Honaker Funeral Home, Inc., Slidell, LA


FLORAL CITY - Clifford L. Parmley, 85, a carpet salesman, died Friday, June 16, 2006, in Ocala

A native of Wolf Lake, Ill., Mr. Parmley moved to Floral City from Miami Lakes in 1995. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, earning a Silver Star and two Purple Hearts

Survivors include his son, James M. Parmley, Dunnellon; daughter, Pattie Fowden, Johns Island, N.C.; brother, Ralph Parmley, Granite City, Ill.; sister, Jerri Johnson, Florida; and two grandchildren

Hooper Funeral Homes, Inverness Chapel, provided information


Funeral services for Alfred Atherley Partner will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishop Larry Yarbrough will officiate. Interment will follow at the Summit Ridge Cemetery. The Ute Mountain American Legion Post #75 will be conducting a military graveside service. Visitation is today, Oct. 30,at the Ertel Memorial Chapel from 7 to 9 p.m

Al was born on Oct. 28, 1923, in Henrieville, Utah to Alfred George and Annie (Atherley) Partner. He passed away on Friday, Oct. 26, 2001, at the Valley Inn Nursing Home in Mancos. He was 77

Al joined the Marine Corps in 1942 and served four years in combat on Marianas Island during World War II. Upon his return, Al married his sweetheart Beth Norton in Panguitch, Utah on Feb. 18, 1946. This marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on Oct. 17, 1949. To this union were born seven children. The family has been completed with grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews

Alfred operated his upholstery business for over 50 years. He loved to work on and restore furniture. He resided in this beautiful area for 30 years. He loved the mountains, his family and delighted in taking children and grandchildren on picnics and hunting trips. On these outings he would point out the beauty of Colorado to them. Al loved his family and was a great example of integrity, which was an integral part of his character

Surviving Al are his wife, Beth Partner of Dolores.; children, Kathleen (Jerry) O'Brien of Gilbert, Ariz., Sybil (Vince) Carrillo of Glendale, Ariz., Anna (Thomas Noble) Hansen of St. Johns, Ariz., Diane Partner of Valencia, Calif., Dona A. (Patricia) Partner of Baring, Wash., and Karl Taylor (Leila) Partner of Cortland, Virg.; and his sister, Velma Barlow and her husband of Layton, Utah. Also surviving Al are his 20 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, one half-sister and three half-brothers

Services will be under the direction of the Ertel Funeral Home


Bill passed away [January 26, 2008] after a courageous battle with cancer, his loving family by his side. Bill was born and raised in the Bay Area. During the depression he joined the CC Camp and when World War II started, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and fought in Bougainville, Guam and Okinawa as a Marine Raider. He was honorably discharged Dec. 27, 1945. 1946 he met, fell in love and married Josephine. 1947 started their family in San Mateo. 1962 moved to Belmont, where he lived out his life. Bill worked as an operating engineer for Fisk, Firenze and McLain for 35 years. In his younger years he was an avid fisherman, abalone diver and hunter. Later he loved jogging and walking the Belmont hills. His biggest joy during his retirement years was raising his two granddaughters

Bill is preceded in death by his wife Josephine of 47 years. He is survived by his three loving children, Joan Pastorelli, Linda Maccarra and Bill Pastorelli, Jr.; granddaughters Tina and Rachel; sisters Jewel (Gene), Virginia, Vicky, Diane (John), Jeanne (Gary) and the late Alice Hunt; sisters-in-law, Nancy and the late Mary, Louise, Nellie and brother-in-law Frank. He also had many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly. Bill had many, many caring and loyal friends who enriched his life

A Memorial Celebration of Bill's life will be held on Thurs., Jan. 31, 2:00 pm at Crippen & Flynn Carlmont Chapel, 1111 Alameda de las Pulgas in Belmont. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made in his name to Pathways Home Health & Hospice Foundation, 585 North Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94085


Paulette, Jack, 69, of Tampa, died Friday, March 10, 1989, at St. Joseph’s Hospital. He was born in Lyons, Ga., and came here in 1945. He was a retired insurance agent and was a member of Keystone United Methodist Church. He served in the Marine Corps during WW II in the 1st Raider Battalion. Survivors include his wife, Mary S., Tampa; a son, John C., Tampa; a daughter, Patricia Kraft, St. Albans, W. Va.; two sisters, Marjorie Cox, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Dorothy Selcer, Hixon, Tenn.; and two grandchildren. Duval Funeral Home, Northside Chapel, Tampa


For 31 years, Henry F. ''Hank'' Pawlik served Saginaw as a police officer

He died of cancer Tuesday [August 19, 2008] at 86, although family members said he stayed lively to the end

Pawlik served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1940 to 1946, participating in the invasions of Guadalcanal and Tulagi. Later, as a military policeman, he visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki to help in the cleanup process after American atom bombs destroyed the cities, and befriended some Japanese citizens

''That's something he was really proud of,'' said Sue Ann Bierlein of Frankenmuth, one of Pawlik's six children with his wife, Delphine. ''The Edson's Raiders (in which Pawlik served) were comparable to the Navy SEALS of today.''

After retiring from the Saginaw Police Department as captain of investigations in 1977, he served as a bailiff for 10 years for Saginaw County District Judge Joseph DeFrancesco

''He was very community oriented,'' said Pawlik's youngest child, Todd Pawlik, 40, of Beverly Hills, Mich. ''He was a humble hero, very steady and consistent. He taught us all the right things about respect and regard for others.''

During his time as an officer, Pawlik worked nights as a security guard at dance halls as well as working in Saginaw's Juvenile Division

His children say people still approach them with stories about how Pawlik's intervention when they were misguided teens had straightened out their lives

''It's funny; growing up, he would have run-ins with a lot of my friends, and he was great with them,'' said Pawlik's eldest child, David H. Pawlik, 60, who works as an attorney in Washington, D.C

David Pawlik remembers how over the years, people his father didn't know would end up doing him small favors, such as shoveling snow from his driveway. When he would ask them who they were, they would reply that he had helped them get their lives in order years earlier

Family members also recall Pawlik as a strongly religious man, active at St. Helen Catholic Church, 2445 St. Charles in Saginaw. He also enjoyed getting together with his old war buddies as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1859, American Legion Post 439 and Military Order of the Cooties Pup Tent 17

''He has always been a spectacular role model for all of us,'' David Pawlik said. ''He was always proud of all his kids and what they accomplished.''

Bierlein said she's seeing signs that her father's legacy will live on

''My grandson is only 18 months old, and he is already picking up some of my father's characteristics,'' she said

The funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Helen Catholic Church, with the vigil planned at 6 p.m. today at Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center in Saginaw Township


James Payer, "Grandpa", age 85 years, of Dyer, Indiana, former East Chicago resident for 82 years, passed away on Sunday, January 4, 2009 at Saint Margaret Mercy Hospital in Dyer, IN. James was born on July 7, 1923 in East Chicago, Indiana to James Payer and Julia Brunner. He was a 1943 graduate of Roosevelt High School. James enlisted with the United States Marine Corps in 1943 and served in the Pacific Area during World War II as a Marine Corps Raider. On October 5, 1946, James married Dolores Boyan at St. Mary Church in East Chicago. James was a Scoutmaster for Troop 35, a baseball coach for Club Ki-yowga and a former member of St. Mary Parish. James retired from the Amoco Oil Refinery in 1988. He previously worked at the Sinclair and ECI Refinery in East Chicago. James is survived by his seven children, James (Nikki) Payer of Schererville, Nancy (Larry) Kaczka of Highland, Bill Payer of Sugar Hill, GA, Judy (James) McHale of Carmel, IN, Tom (Phyllis) Payer of Valparaiso, Sue (Martin) Kometz of Warrenville, IL and Shari Pluskis of Dyer; 15 grandchildren, Jennifer, Jeanne, David, Jeff, Marguerite, Bill, Jim, Kellie, Allison, Jason and Kirstin, Melissa, Scott, Jake and A.J. and seven great-grandchildren, Jarrett, Chloe, Trenton, Jack, Barbara, Veronica, Jamie, Trey and Lyla. James was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 51 years, his parents and his siblings. James was an avid sport fan and enjoyed watching his grandchildren's sporting events. He was loved by his family and will be missed by many. Visitation will be held at the Fife Funeral Home, 4201 Indianapolis Blvd, East Chicago from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2009. The American Legion will Post Colors at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Funeral services will be private


Allen A. Pearce, 80, of Kansas City, died Jan. 5, 2005, at the Independence Health Care Center, where he had been for about three weeks. Mr. Pearce was born June 15, 1924, in Kansas City. Graveside services are scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, at Leavenworth National Cemetery in Leavenworth, KS. He served in the U.S. Marines and received two Purple Hearts. After his service to the country, he worked as a freight specialist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, from where he retired. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann B. Pearce of Kansas City. Mr. Pearce is survived by niece, Peggy Oxler of Overland Park, KS, her husband, Dr. John Oxler and their children, Jed and Lark. He also is survived by his friend and caregiver, Josephine Thomas of Kansas City. (Arr: McGilley Midtown Chapel, 816-753-6200)


Edward R. Penska, [October 27, 2000] beloved husband of the late Mary, nee Kurek and the late Rena; loving brother of Frances (late Raymond) Meyer, the late Lottie (Casey) Trent, Anthony Penksa and Albina (late Frank) Guja and brother-in-law of Tony and Helen Kurek; fond uncle of many nieces and nephews; dear friend of Dolores Prochaska. Retired U.S. Post Office after 35 years. Veteran WWII U.S. Marine Corps, Carlson Raiders. Funeral Monday 10:30 a.m. from the Hickey Memorial Chapel, 4201 W. 147th St., Midlothian, to St. Christopher Church


George M. Perkins, of Mashpee, died Feb. 3, 2007. Husband of Doris H. (Goddard) Perkins. Visitation 4-7 p.m. tomorrow, Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 74 Algonquin Ave. at Route 151, Mashpee. Funeral Mass 10 a.m. Thursday, St. Jude's Chapel at Christ the King Church, Mashpee Commons, Route 151, Mashpee, followed by burial in Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne


ESCONDIDO -- The curtain fell last week on the final act of a long, storied life that included acting in New York City, serving in the U.S. Marines in World War II and Korea, performing in Starlight Opera productions in San Diego, and succeeding in real estate and bookkeeping businesses

A 20-year Escondido resident, Gordon Henry Pfleeger, who was "bitten by the acting bug" in high school and pursued many interests in his life, died March 15 [2007]. He was 86

"He always, always, always was the sweetest person you'd know," said Betty Pfleeger, his wife of 23 years

Born May 11, 1920, in Utica, N.Y., Pfleeger became involved in amateur theater in high school and was able to try out for a radio show in 1935, his wife said

"In those days, radio was a big deal," Betty Pfleeger said. "It was like being on TV."

After graduating high school, Pfleeger found some success acting in New York City, but enlisted in the U.S. Marines in 1940. He graduated boot camp on Dec. 7, 1941, the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Betty Pfleeger said

With some musical experience, he served as drum major for a military band, then became a bugler, responsible for the calls that served as a way to communicate to troops. He also tried out for and was accepted to work in USO shows that occurred throughout the South Pacific, Betty Pfleeger said

"After about a year, he decided that's not why he joined the Marines," Betty Pfleeger said

Gordon Pfleeger volunteered for and was accepted into the Marine Raiders -- a precursor to modern-day special forces -- who were trained in guerilla warfare, Betty Pfleeger said

The Marine Raiders were created in 1942 and disbanded in 1944. They were among the first to engage in combat in the South Pacific and operated deep in enemy territory, collecting intelligence and surveying beaches ahead of larger ground forces. They seized key hills and beaches in guerrilla-style strikes against Japanese forces

Stricken with dengue fever that put him in the hospital for a month and nearly took his life, Gordon Pfleeger was sent home to Utica, N.Y., where he married his first wife and went to business school, Betty Pfleeger said

In 1950, he was recalled into military service and spent two years of hard military time in Korea, where he was "right up in the demilitarized zone," Betty Pfleeger said

"He did volunteer at an orphanage there because he said that was the only thing that kept him sane," Betty Pfleeger said

With his youngest son only 1 year old at home, Gordon Pfleeger would have his wife send toys to him in Korea, and he would tell stories to the children at the orphanage, Betty Pfleeger said. "He was a great storyteller," she said

When he got off the ship in San Diego after serving in Korea, he "kneeled down and kissed the ground and said he was staying here," Betty Pfleeger said

Gordon Pfleeger moved his family to San Diego, where he retired from the military as a gunnery sergeant in 1966. He appeared in several Starlight Opera productions before beginning a successful real estate career with an office in La Jolla, Betty Pfleeger said

He eventually divorced his first wife, and three years later met the woman who would become his second wife when they lived next door to each other in Encinitas. They married three years after that, Betty Pfleeger said

Around 1980 or 1981, Gordon Pfleeger gave up his real estate office and began a bookkeeping business that he ran until health problems forced him to retire. He also was active with Toastmasters and served as a deacon at Hidden Valley Christian church in Escondido, Betty Pfleeger said. He was a member of the Marine Corps Raider Association and American Legion Post 149

Though he suffered from various ailments, including Alzheimer's, he was "lucid up until the day before he died," Betty Pfleeger said

Survivors include his wife, Betty Pfleeger; sons, James Pfleeger of Montreal, Tom Pfleeger of Lake Beach, Ill., and Rick Stockwell of New York City; brother, John Pfleeger of Del Mar; sisters, Mary Ellen Pfleeger of Rancho Bernardo and Virginia Whaitley of Colorado Springs, Colo.; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren

Services: 2 p.m. Saturday, with military honors, Hidden Valley Christian Church, 1300 S. Juniper St., Escondido

Arrangements: California Funeral Alternatives


Ralph Pinto Sr., a Ridgecrest resident since 1947, left this life peacefully on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010. He was 86

He was born in Nenahnezad, N.M., on Dec. 24, 1924. Ralph was a WWII Marine Veteran, 4th Marine Raiders (Navajo Code Talker). He participated in actions in the Asiatic-Pacific Islands to the occupation of Japan, 1943 to 1945. He is a certified member of the United States Marine Raider Association. He was employed at the Naval Weapons Center, China Lake for 30 years

Ralph was one of the original members of the China Lake Golf Club. He golfed until his health hindered him. He also loved to fish the streams and lakes of the Eastern Sierras

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wonderful wife of 63 years, Gladys; loving son, Daniel; sisters, Julia, Ada, and Fern

He is survived by his sons, Herbert of Ridgecrest; Ralph Jr. of Inyokern; daughter, Gayle of Ridgecrest; grandson, Michael of Reno, Nev.; sister, Laura of Bellflower; Rosie and Eva of Fruitland, N.M

A viewing will be held Monday, Aug. 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel. A memorial service is set for Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. at the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel. Burial will be at Desert Memorial Park

Arrangements provided by Holland & Lyons Mortuary, (760) 371-1376. Media information provided by the family


Richard L. Piotrowski of Cheektowaga, a decorated World War II veteran and local restaurateur, died Tuesday [September 14, 2010] in Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was 89

Born in Buffalo, he was a graduate of Seneca Vocational High School and joined the Marine Corps on his 21st birthday

As a member of Edson’s Raiders during World War II, Mr. Piotrowski fought in the Battle of Bloody Ridge on Solomon Islands that saved Guadalcanal. He was wounded when a hand grenade exploded and was awarded the Purple Heart. He later was a longtime member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans

Upon returning from the war, Mr. Piotrowski joined his family’s restaurant business, Ray’s Cafe, a popular East Side eatery noted for its Friday night fish frys. He and his brother, Edwin, eventually took over the business from their father. Richard Piotrowski retired in 1985

He participated in many local golf tournaments. In 1983, he hit a hole-in-one at Dande Farms Golf Course in Akron

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, the former Alice F. Dee; two daughters, Sharon and Denise

A memorial Mass will be offered at 11 a. m. Thursday in Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church, 180 George Urban Blvd., Cheektowaga


Walter F. Piziak, 88, of Plymouth Meeting, PA died Friday, June 20, 2008 at Mercy Suburban Hospital

Born in Bridgeport on October 28, 1919, he was the son of the late Joseph and Agnes Piziak

He was the husband of the late Geraldine (Nicola) Piziak

Mr. Piziak attended local schools and entered the Civilian Conservation Corps at age of 16 during the Depression

He later entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific Theater during WWII as a member of the Third Raider Battalion

After the war, Mr. Piziak returned home and worked at Alanwood Steel Plant in Conshohocken until his retirement, and was also an avid hunter

He is survived by a son, Tony Piziak of Plymouth meeting and a daughter, Belinda (Richard) Salzman of Voorhees, N.J

Also, a brother, Thomas of Georgia and a sister, Mary, of Royersford

In addition to his parents and wife, he was predeceased by three brothers, Stanley, Michael and John and two sisters, Catherine and Annie

The family will receive relatives and friends on Friday, June 27, 2008 from 10am to 11:30am followed by a funeral prayer service at 11:30 at the Caramenico FH, Inc., Main & Walnut Sts., Norristown, PA

Entombment will be private. St. Patrick’s Cemetery Mausoleum, E. Norriton, Twp., Pa. Funeral Arrangements by: Caramenico Funeral Home, Inc., Main & Walnut Streets, Norristown, PA 610-275-7777


SIDNEY CENTER — Ignatius Charles Plaia, 79, of Sidney Center, passed away Saturday, July 29, 2000, at home

He was born June 19, 1921, in Brooklyn, to the late Peter and Marian Peasell Plaia

Charlie served his country in the United State Marine Corps during World War II

He married Rose Byrnes on June 15, 1979, in Port Jefferson

He was a supervisor for Cerro-Wire in Queens when he retired

Charlie was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Sidney and served as Cub Scout leader for Pack 88. He was a past board member of Joshua House, Sidney. He was a family care provider for Broome Development Center for three years

Charlie also wrote the Sidney Center news for the TriTown News

He is survived by his wife, Rose Plaia, Sidney Center; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Kenneth Hemmendinger, and David Hemmendinger and Frances Driscoll, of Long Island; three daughters and a son-in-law, Linda Hemmendinger, Long Island, Diane Hemmendinger and Richard Bressler, Long Island, Lisa Hemmendinger, Sidney Center; four grandchildren, Brianna Nicole Hemmendinger, David Hemmendinger, Devin Bressler and Jason Hemmendinger; several nieces, nephews and cousins

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Aug. 1, at 4 p.m. at C.H. Landers Chapel, 21 Main St., Sidney, with the Rev. Fr. Gordon Polenz, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Sidney, officiating

There will be no visitation

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sidney Center Emergency Squad

Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Inc., Sidney


BERWICK, Maine — Odilon Joseph "Babe" Plante, Jr., 90, passed February 2, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Born May 10, 1921, he was a son of Odilon and Delia (Auger) Plante

In 1942 he married Doris Morrill. Together they shared 70 years of marriage

Babe proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. He was a 1st Sergeant attached to the 1st Marine Raider Battalion serving in the Pacific Campaign on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands; under the command of Col. Merritt Edson, known as "Edson’s Raiders."

After returning from military service, he began his career as a Foreman at Prime Tanning, which spanned over 40 years. He retired in 1983

He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing in the Maine woods and lakes

Babe was a talented carpenter and enjoyed cabinet making

In 1996 on his 75th birthday he was named Berwick Citizen Of-The-Year by the American Legion Post 79. His community service includes many years on the Berwick Fire Department, election to the Board of Selectmen, and terms on several commissions and committees. He was also a long time member of the legion and has helped that organization as well as the Fire Department and the Town raise thousands of dollars by donating various pieces of furniture which he built himself. He also built the replica of the Liberty Bell for the town's 250th Anniversary Celebration, the welcome sign on the lawn of the town hall, and the lectern used at many of the public meetings at the town hall

He was predeceased by 2 brothers and 5 sisters

Babe is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Doris Plante of Berwick; four daughters, Janet Canney and her husband Carroll of Farmington, NH, Caren Chandler of Berwick, Gale Hersey and her husband Stanley of Berwick, Judith Fuller and her husband John of Tyron, NC; seven grandchildren, Jane Foster, Jeff Saucier, Shawn, Darryl, Aaron and Kyle Chandler, Andrew Fuller and 16 great-grandchildren

Calling hours will be on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Laing-Bibber Funeral Chapel, 36 Rochester Street, Berwick, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at the Parish of the Ascension of the Lord/Our Lady of Peace Church, 25 Saw Mill Hill Road, Berwick. Burial with military honors will follow in Evergreen Cemetery, Berwick

Should friends choose, memorial donations may be made in his memory to: American Legion Post 79, PO Box 977 Berwick, Maine 03901

Arrangements are in care of Laing-Bibber Funeral Chapel


RACINE - Herman H. 'Bud' Poelman, 78, passed away Saturday, October 2, 2004, at his residence

Bud was born in Racine December 27, 1925, son of the late Herman W. and Lillian A. (nee: Harmann) Poelmann and was a lifelong Racine resident

During World War II, he served in the Sixth Division Marine Raiders in the South Pacific and was awarded the Purple Heart. Bud was employed by the City of Racine Water Department for 43 years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of the City of Racine "20-Year Club" and the NRA, National Rifle Association. Bud was a Master Woodcarver and Master Leather Craftsman. Above all, he loved being with his family and will be dearly missed

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis; his children, Kurt and Dona and their son, Zachary and Kurt's adult children, Tarah and Stephanie, Kyle and DeAnna and their children, Nathan and Olivia, Lance, and Laura and their children, Hans and Vaughnn, Logan and Brenda; his three sisters, Elizabeth, Lucille, and Maxine; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Lois

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green Street, Monday, October 11, 2004, 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Charles J. Wheatley officiating. Interment with full Military Honors will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 until 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to one's favority charity or to Hospice Alliance have been suggested. Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home, 803 Main Street, 634-7888


Thomas David Pollard, 87, of Destin, Fla., passed away Sept. 1, 2010, surrounded by his family and friends

Thomas was born in Mulberry, Ind., and lived his youth in Gainesville, Fla., with his parents, Ailene Atherton and Dr. Cash Blair Pollard. He attended Gordon Military Academy in Barnesville, Ga

Lt. Col. Thomas Pollard had a long and distinguished military career in the Edson’s Raiders, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, and the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. His numerous military honors for his valor in World War II and the Korean War include the Silver Star with cluster, two Purple Hearts and a Distinguished Service Cross

Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Thrilda B. Pollard; and his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The families are a son, Thomas Edward Pollard and his children, Thomas Jr. and Monica; daughter, Barbara Lynn (Pollard) Adair and her children, Scott, Allison and Ashley; daughter, Nancy Blair Pollard and her children, Jeffrey, Melissa, Gwen, Charlie, Tony, Rod and Marcella (deceased); daughter, Toody (Pollard) Porter, son-in-law Tom, and their children, Kati, Annabelle and Tom Jr.; daughter, Sharon (Pollard) Wexler, son-in-law Abraham, and their children, Alana (Howard Schwartz) and Suzanne; and daughter, Suzanne Pollard (deceased). He had 38 great-grandchildren

Please join us for a celebration of Thomas’ life at 1 p.m. Sept. 4 at Twin Cities Funeral Home, 1405 John Sims Parkway East in Niceville. A reception will follow. Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va

In lieu of flowers, a donation in honor of Thomas Pollard may be made to the Cedars Cancer Institute, 2155 Guy St., Suite 900, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3H-2R9


POPELKA, Robert Joseph -- Entered into rest, San Jose, California, January 26, 2001. Cherished husband of Dorothy K. Popelka. Devoted father of Robert J. Popelka, Jr., Robin A. Popelka, John C. Popelka and James V. Popelka and his wife Nilda. Four grandchildren, one great-grandchild. Beloved brother of Joann, Karen and Dorothy. Beloved brother of John Paul. A native of Madison Lake, Minnesota. A graduate of the College of St. Thomas, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1940. Officer in the United States Marine Corps (Major) he served as a Marine Raider in the South Pacific - Solomon Islands, New Georgia, where he engaged in combat. Following World War II, he attended and graduated from the University of California, Hastings College of Law in 1948. He established his law firm in San Jose in 1953. He became one of the leading trial attorneys in the United States. Over forty years of active trial practice, he represented a broad spectrum of clients in court and/or jury trials. He retired from active practice in 1987, was Of Counsel until his death, at the Law Firm of Popelka Allard. He was a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, International Society of Barristers, Trial Attorneys of America (a member of the Board of Directors), National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel. Devoted Catholic, a parishioner of St. Joseph's Cathedral Basilica of San Jose. Friends and relatives are invited to attend the Funeral Mass and wake Tuesday, January 30, 2001, at 4:30 p.m., at St. Joseph Cathedral Basilica, 80 South Market Street, San Jose, California. Darling Fischer Garden Chapel 471 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose, CA serving the family


Brian J. Quirk Sr., a Marine veteran who never forgot the comrades he fought with in the Pacific during World War II, died on Memorial Day [May 31, 2010] in a nursing home in Des Plaines

Mr. Quirk, 88, had suffered from a brain tumor and symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, said his son Dennis. He most recently lived in Homer Glen

Known as "Whitey" since boyhood, Mr. Quirk grew up in the Our Lady of Peace Catholic Parish in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood and graduated from De La Salle Institute. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Marines and volunteered for an elite Raiders unit under an officer named Evans Carlson

Carlson had developed the idea for a more egalitarian fighter unit, where officers and enlisted men worked together, based partly on his experiences in China observing communist guerillas. He is credited with popularizing the term "gung-ho" for the enthusiastic cohesion with which his Raiders would fight

Like many young men at the time, Mr. Quirk was gung-ho to join the battle. When Carlson asked him why he wanted to join the Raiders, he replied that he figured that was the fastest way to fight the Japanese, his son said

After several weeks of rigorous training outside San Diego, "Carlson's Raiders" went to war. In August 1942, Mr. Quirk and a unit of Raiders boarded submarines for a surprise raid against the Japanese on Makin atoll. The Japanese were routed, but not without a cost, and some Marines were left missing in action

Bloody battles in Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Guam followed. On Bougainville, Mr. Quirk took hits to his face, neck and arm, winning a Navy Cross and his first Purple Heart

Word of his exploits had already reached the South Side when Bob O'Keefe, who knew Mr. Quirk from the neighborhood, joined the Marines

"I wanted to see if I could do it," said O'Keefe, now living in Springfield. "I was going to join the Raiders and go over and see Brian Quirk."

O'Keefe wound up fighting by Mr. Quirk's side on Guam. Under heavy fire, both men were wounded, Mr. Quirk in the leg (garnering his second Purple Heart), while O'Keefe was hit in the left arm and suffered a concussion when an enemy round banged off his helmet

He underwent surgery on a hospital ship and was still groggy when he looked up and saw his old buddy

"He wanted to know if there was anything he could do for me," O'Keefe said. "I said, 'Yeah, you can shave me. I'm filthier than a pig.' And he did."

The war ended, and Mr. Quirk returned to Chicago, marrying his grammar school sweetheart in 1946 and graduating from Loyola University in 1950. He remained in the Marines, on active duty during the Korean conflict and later with the reserves, until the early 1970s, retiring as a lieutenant colonel, his son said

As the Marines media representative for 13 Midwest states, he coordinated several early Toys for Tots drives. He went on to work for a public relations and fundraising firm. He then started his own one-man agency, spreading the word for clients including Mercy Hospital, the city's convention bureau and Misericordia. He later sold fire-suppression systems in a business with his son

Active with a Marine Raiders alumni group, Mr. Quirk and others kept attention on efforts to find the remains of fellow Marines missing and presumed killed on Makin. Eventually, forensic pathologists identified more than a dozen victims

About eight years ago, Mr. Quirk and a group of fellow veterans returned to Makin for a ceremony honoring the dead. The veterans then accompanied the remains back home

"Always faithful," said his son, expressing the Marines slogan Semper Fidelis. "His issue was not on the fighting and the killing. It was on his (feelings) that these guys really were the heroes, who didn't come back."

Mr. Quirk would talk by telephone with O'Keefe as often as once a week to discuss family, work and friends, O'Keefe said. The war came up rarely

O'Keefe had stayed away from Raiders reunions —- "Didn't care to go," he said — but when a get-together was scheduled for Omaha, he and Mr. Quirk decided to attend. They wound up having a wonderful time

"All they talked about was the fun things," said O'Keefe, who later went to a few more reunions. "There's a lot of stuff you don't want to discuss."

Mr. Quirk is survived by his wife, Kathryn; two other sons, Brian Jr. and Sean; daughters Margaret Flanagan and Mary Pat Neylon; a sister, Maureen Keegan; and 11 grandchildren

Visitation is set for 3 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home, 4727 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn. Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Michael Catholic Church, 14327 Highland Ave., Orland Park


Andrew J. Radich, 91, died peacefully of natural causes on Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Brandywine Assisted Living, Middlebrook Crossing, in Bridgewater. Mr. Radich was born in Bound Brook, graduated from Bound Brook High School in 1938, and was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Bound Brook. In August of 1940, Mr. Radich enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, underwent basic training at Camp LeJeune and received additional training in jungle fighting at Guantanamo Bay. As a member of Edson's Raiders, a unit who made initial landings on beachheads of islands occupied by the Japanese in the Pacific Theatre of WWII, PFC Radich participated in the seizure of Tulagi and the Solomon Islands in August of 1942. He also saw action at Tasimboko, Guadalcanal, B.S.I. in Sept. of 1942 where he was critically injured by shrapnel. He was thought to have died on the battlefield and was not discovered to be alive until three days later. PFC Radich was flown to New Caledonia for his initial treatment and then spent several months in New Zealand before being transported to New York to finish his recuperation. He received a Purple Heart for his valor and was Honorably Discharged due to medical disability in Sept. of 1943. On May 29th of 1943, PFC Radich wed his childhood sweetheart, Julie Figel, whom he had known as elementary students at St. Mary's School. They celebrated their 60th anniversary in May, 2003

Julie died in March 2005 and Mr. Radich is survived by his daughter, Dr. Carol A. Radich, of Malvern, PA, and two sisters, Dorothy Kmiec of Somerville, and Eleanor Chubrick of Middlesex, as well as several nieces and nephews. Mr. Radich worked as a chemical operator for Bakelite, later named Union Carbide, for 35 years and retired in 1979

Mr. Radich's godson, Fr. Edward Czarcinski, will celebrate the funeral mass at 9:30 am on Saturday, April 2nd, at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Bound Brook. Prayers and visiting hours will be held at The Bridgewater Funeral Home, 707 East Main Street, Bridgewater NJ 08807 on Friday, April 1st, from 7-9 pm and Saturday morning from 8:30-9:00 am. Interment will be at Resurrection Burial Park, in Piscataway


A gathering and reception will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, 2008, in Sayler's Old Country Kitchen for Elton "Bud" Ralston of Portland, who died July 29 at age 83

Elton Ralston was born Nov. 10, 1924, in Multnomah and lived in Portland his entire life. He served in the Marine Corps in World War II and was a member of the Marine Raiders. He was an independent insurance agent. In 1973, he married Evelyn McDaniel; she died in 2002

Survivors include his sons, Elton III and Chris; daughters, Candis Bayne, Chellis Kassah and Carlis Ralston; stepsons, Larry Lamb and Darrel Lamb; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren

Remembrances to American Diabetes Association

Arrangements by Lincoln Memorial


Edward H. Ramagoz, a process server for Jefferson Parish, died Thursday [April 1, 1999] of pulmonary fibrosis at Ochsner Foundation Hospital. He was 76. Mr. Ramagoz was born in New Orleans and lived in Metairie for the past 26 years. He graduated from Holy Cross High School. He was a former executive of Falstaff Brewing Corp. and a board member of the Falstaff Credit Union. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II and was awarded two Purple Hearts. He was a member of Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter No.1955, American Legion Post No. 203, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 8012 and the Disabled American Veterans. He also was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, the Law Enforcement Deputies Association, the We Dk Fraternity and the Beachcombers Social Club. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Brandt Ramagoz; a son, Edward G. Ramagoz; a daughter, Edley A. Ramagoz; and a grandchild. A mass will be said Tuesday at noon at All Faiths Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd. Visitation will be today from 6 to 10 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to noon. Burial will be in Greenwood Mausoleum


Raymond Rangitsch, 87 of Billings passed away peacefully Thursday, May 1, 2008 at Valley Health Care

The son of Barney and Matilda Rangitsch, Ray was born March 23, 1921 at Bridger, MT. He graduated from Bridger High School in 1939

In 1942 Ray enlisted in the United Sates Marine Corps, (Raiders). He served in many of the Pacific Island Campaigns and received the Purple Heart. He was one of four Rangitsch brothers to serve in the military during WWII

Ray married LuVon Herndon in 1945. She preceded him in death in 1987. He married his high school sweetheart, Catherine (Bostic) Brabec in 1999

Survivors include his wife Catherine of Billings, three sisters, Elizabeth (Frank) Wellner, Lucille (Jack) Kindleman, and Genevieve (Darle) Hemmy all of Billings, two brothers, Larry (Ellen) of New York and Alvin (Betty) of Wyoming. Also surviving are stepdaughter Mickey Dilulo and stepsons, Darrel (Glenda), Rick (Linda), and Jerry (Margaret)

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother Victor, and brothers Bernard, Jim and Kenneth

Cremation has taken place. Funeral Mass and Military Honors will be 10am Friday at Little Flower Catholic Church. Interment at Oregon Trail State Veteran’s Cemetery, Evansville, WY will take place at a later date

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice


On May 19, 2007, John Howard Rapley, Sr., 82, died at a local hospital surrounded by the love of his son and daughter. He was born in Hot Springs, AR on July 25, 1924 to Frank M. Rapley and Nina Rife Rapley

At age 16, John enlisted in the Marine Corps and served with the Marine Raiders from June 1941 until April 1947. He served with the Second Raider Battalion in the Solomon Islands Campaign. He then was with the 5th Marine Division that fought on Iwo Jima in 1945. Shortly after that, John served in the Occupation of Japan

Upon his return, John and his former wife, Jimmie Lee Penny Rapley, attended Henderson State University and he graduated in 1950. In 1956 he received his Masters Degree in School Administration from George Peabody College in Nashville, TN. Having fallen in love with California while in the Marines, he relocated his family to the beautiful seaside community of Santa Monica, CA in 1955. He taught mathematics at Lincoln Jr. High from 1955 until his retirement in 1979

John is survived by his son, John Rapley, Jr., of Hot Springs, AR: his daughter, Suzanne E. Rapley, Ph.D. of Santa Barbara, CA; his granddaughter, Ari Margot Rapley Janoff, age 14; and his loving brother David Rapley of Hot Springs, AR

Please join his family and friends for a memorial service and picnic lunch at the Hot Springs Country Club on Friday, May 25, 2007, starting at 11:00 a.m. The memorial will be an opportunity to celebrate the love and joyous spirit that John Howard Rapley shared with the world. He is forever in our hearts!


Funeral services for Edwin Austin Ray, age 85, of Centerville, Texas formerly of Buffalo and Jewett are set for 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, October 24, 2007 at the Buffalo Funeral Home in Buffalo, Texas. Rev. Travis Bo Davis will officiate. Interment will be in the Sardis Cemetery. Buffalo Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

Visitation hours will be at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 pm until 8 pm

Mr. Edwin Ray was born in Allen, Texas on August 2, 1922 to T. L. and Mable Putnam Ray. He served in the U.S. Marines. He was a car salesman in the automotive business, and he operated a service station in Jewett, Texas for several years. He was preceded in death by his parents. Mr. Ray passed away Monday morning, October 22, 2007 in Centerville, Texas

Survivors include his wife, Maxine Ray of Buffalo, Texas; step-son, Ray Gaskin of Buffalo, Texas; nephew, Mike Davis & wife Nelda of Jewett ; great niece Keligh Ryder and husband, Ravis, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Cousin, Blondie Taylor & husband, Bud, of Arlington, Texas; aunts, Lady Long of Denton, Texas, and Pauline Putnam of Gatesville, Texas; step-grandchildren, Alisa Gaskin of Buffalo, Texas, and Heather Blackburn and husband Randy of the Woodlands, Texas; step great-grandchildren, Melodie Ferguson, Kelsea Ferguson, Dylan Blackburn, & Joshua Blackburn

The pallbearers are Thomas Opie, Dave Guiton, Boyd Reeder, Robert Haynie, Bill Hargrove, and Bill Vaughn

The honorary pallbearers are Winston Ferguson, L.G. Ware, Bobby Ray Harris, John Runnels, and Billy Ray Thomas


SALEM, N.H. — Mr. James P. Razza, 88, of Salem, N.H., died on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at Pleasant Valley Nursing Centre in Derry, N.H

James was born in Lawrence on Dec. 1, 1920 to Nicodemo and Elena Razza Sr. He graduated from Lawrence High School

Mr. Razza was a veteran of the United States Marines and later served in the United States Navy. He was employed with the Army Corps of Engineers for over 30 years before retiring

James is survived by his loving wife, Grace (Fazzi) Razza of Salem, N.H.; three sons, James P. Razza and his wife Lisa of Methuen, Robert A. Razza and Michael P. Razza, both of Salem, N.H.; three sisters, one sister-in-law, Mary Cavallaro of Methuen, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers and one sister

Arrangements: Family and friends may call on Thursday, April 2, 2009 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Cataudella Funeral Home, 126 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen. A funeral service will also be held on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Cremation will follow


Grant W. Rediske, age 80, formerly of Plymouth, died on Wednesday January 19, 2005 at Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. He was born February 14, 1924 in Sumner, Iowa son of the late Ernest & Anna Heller Rediske. Grant joined the United States Marine Corp. and served with the special forces "Marine Raiders" during WWII in the Pacific Theater. Upon his Honorable Discharge from the military, he worked as a welder throughout the area. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Marine Raider Association, and the Plymouth Rhine Field and Stream. Survivors include his children: Curtis Rediske of Milwaukee, Blane Rediske of Franklin, Faith Rediske of Milwaukee, and Darren Rediske of Cudahy; a brother: Raymond (Ione) Rediske of Plymouth, and a sister: Renatta Mackenzie of Oshkosh. Grant was also preceded in death by a sister: Eileen Athey. Funeral Services will be at 1:00pm on Saturday January 29, 2005 at Wittkopp Funeral Home in Plymouth. Friends may call at the funeral home from 11:00am-1:00pm when services will be held. A memorial fund has been established in the name of Grant Walter Rediske. Wittkopp Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements


DICKINSON – James William Reesby, 63, a retired senior supervisor for Union Carbide, died Tuesday [May 10, 1983] at his residence

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church in

Dickinson, Monsignor Eugene Cargill officiating

Burial will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson, under direction of the James Crowder Funeral Home of La Marque

A rosary will be recited at 7:30 tonight at the funeral home

Mr. Reesby was born Dec. 22, 1919, in Galveston. He was a member of the Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church, the Mainland Elks Lodge 2141, the Pioneer Club and Woodmen of the World. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was a Dickinson resident for the past 10 years

Survivors include his wife, Mary Nancy Reesby of Dickinson; two sons, James William Reesby Jr. of Freeport and Ronald Carl Reesby of Clute; and two sisters, Patricia Bright of Silver Spring, Nev. and Alice Chartrand of Galveston

Pallbearers will be Joe Murello, Raymond Jones, Ervin Biegert, John Christiansen, Rudy Kanier and Sprencer Baird

Visitors may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m


A memorial plaque will be unveiled next week for Robert Conlon Reidy, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps who died September 27, 1997 in San Francisco

Mr. Reidy was a native of Plainfield N.J. He served in the Marines from 1942 to 1945 in the Third Raider Battalion, First Marine Division. He participated in the landing on Pavuvu in the Solomon Islands and also saw combat at Guadalcanal

He left New Jersey in 1950 and worked as a railroad maintenance of way worker on lines throughout the West and Northwest before coming to the Bay Area in 1971

He is survived by brothers Edward M. of Morgan Hill; Walter of Dunellen N.J.; Howard E. of Lyons N.J.; and John L. Connolly of Windermere Fla.; and a sister Kathleen McCann of Dunellen N.J

The plaque will be shown off next week at the Marines' Memorial Club in San Francisco


LAKE PLACID — Joe Reilly passed away on Saturday morning, Feb. 25, 2012, with family by his side, at Uihlein Mercy Center, where he resided since December 2005. He was born Joseph John Reilly on a small farm near Egg Harbor City, N.J., on Jan. 9, 1925, the youngest son of Loretta (nee Doyle) and Henry Reilly.

Joe was orphaned during the Depression. He lived on the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y., briefly before finding his way to Lincoln Hall in 1938. Lincoln Hall (formerly Lincoln Agricultural School) was formed under the auspices of the New York Catholic Protectory as a facility for the care and treatment of destitute Catholic children.

Joe enjoyed his time with the Christian Brothers. In 1939, he rode in a car for the first time. It was a chauffeur-driven sedan, carrying him and his representative from the protectorate, Mr. Hart, to the Blain farm in Champlain, NY. Mr. Hart made arrangements for Joe to live with the Blain family. Mr. Hart brought many children to the North Country. While in Champlain, Joe was loved by his "Ma," Mrs. Alma Blain. To Joe's children, she was "Nana." He attended the one-room schoolhouse and did chores with Louis (also taken-in) and Alma's son, Gerald. Before getting his high school diploma, Joe joined the Marine Corps at the age of 16 and completed boot camp on Paris Island at the age of 17. Prior to deployment, he participated in amateur boxing matches. In 1942, he deployed to the South Pacific, where Joe volunteered for the 3rd Raider Battalion. Following the decimation of the 1st and 2nd Raiders (progenitors to today's special forces), the 3rd was the only Marine battalion ever formed entirely overseas (Samoa). Joe saw action at New Georgia, Bougainville, the Solomons and New Guinea. Joe's hearing was severely affected in one ear while working in a pack howitzer unit, and he was hospitalized at Corona Naval Hospital for elephantiasis.

After discharge, Joe lived in San Francisco until his brother, Charlie, found him, and together they drove back to New York. Joe returned to Champlain after the war, where he owned a painting business. Later, he worked as a lineman for N.Y. Telephone. He met and married Jean Elaine Angell in 1951. They had three sons: Dan, Tim and Jeff. After several promotions, Joe became terminal manager for Augsbury Corp. in Plattsburgh. In 1962, Joe became 50 percent owner and general manager of Latour Fuel Company in Saranac Lake. In 1964, he became sole shareholder. As part owner and with Leon Latour, president, in August of 1964, Latour Fuel Co. donated the land for the new hospital, where AMC stands today. Joe became an avid skier and turned his family into skiers at Bear Mountain, Skyline, Pisgah and Whiteface. He enjoyed bringing his family to the Laurentians to ski at Gabriel and Tremblant.

While in Saranac Lake, Joe was a member of the Rotary Club, president of the Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the St. Bernard's Church Building Committee (after the old church burned). As Winter Carnival chairman (two years in a row), he brought Judy Carne and Ed Platte to Saranac Lake. Judy enjoyed a snowmobile ride to Zeke Vandenburgh's fishing shanty on Lower Saranac.

Jean and Joe divorced in 1976. Joe married Yolande Giselle Langevin in 1978. They lived in Montreal, where Joe worked for Farquar Robinson Fuels. They later resided in Upper Jay before settling in Plattsburgh. Joe and Yolande had years of close-knit family life together with Yolande's extended family in Saint Valentin, Quebec. Joe was well-liked while working at the ARC Workshop in Plattsburgh, bringing in many valuable contracts. He founded and operated Industrial Packaging, Inc. in Champlain for several years. He later worked at Homenergy Services, Inc. with his sons in Saranac Lake. He suffered a stroke in 1998 and could no longer work full time.

Joe was pre-deceased by his first and second wives, Jean and Yolande; his brother Harry; and sisters, Loretta and Margie. He is survived by his brother Charlie of Christianburg, Va.; sons, Daniel and wife, Aggie, of Saranac Lake, Tim and wife, Debbie of West Hartford, Conn., Jeff of Saranac Lake; and grandchildren, Sarah, Erica, Amanda, Owen and Hannah, as well as Sam and Allison Blain; his brothers-in-law, Raymond and Noella Langevin, Michel and Carole Langevin, and Francois and Claire Langevin; sister-in-law Suzanne Langevin; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Fortune Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake, immediately followed by a funeral service at the funeral home and a reception nearby to be announced. After cremation, internment will be at Saint Valentin Cemetery in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations in Joe's memory may be made to Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, Inc. or to Uihlein Mercy Center, Lake Placid, where Joe received wonderful care.


Hans W. Rein, of Menomonee Falls. Born to Eternal Life on Aug. 10, 1997, age 75. Loving husband of Ethel. Dearest father of Linda (Dick) Torstenson, Diane (Glen) Schwister and Glenn (Pam). Fondest grandfather of Christine, John, Michael, Melissa, David, Jennifer, Amanda and Courtney. Dear brother of Ella, Henry, Paul and Bill. Preceded in death by his brother Fred. Visitation Wed., Aug. 13 at the Hartson Funeral Home from 4 PM with a Funeral Service at 7 PM. Private inurnment. Hans served as a Marine Raider in the USMC. He was a retiree of the Harnischfeger Corp. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Cancer Care Clinic, W180 N8085 Town Hall Rd., Menomonee Falls, WI 53051. A great man who will be truly missed by all the people whose lives he touched. Hartson Funeral Home, 11111 W. Janesville Rd., Hales Corners


August Restivo, [August 20, 2004] beloved husband of Lois, nee Jachowske; loving father of Royce (Carol) and Brett (Charlene); fond grandfather of Stephanie, Corinne, Russell, Michael and Samual. Memorial Service Friday, 10 a.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 107 N. Wood Dale Rd. (3 blks S. of Irving Park Rd.). Visitation 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Interment Mt. Emblem Cemetery. Arrangements by Blake Lamb Funeral Home, John C. Liberatore Funeral Director. 630-964-9392


Harry Reynolds, a Marine Raider who stood up for fellow Raiders who were killed in a commando attack in 1942 but whose remains were left on a remote Pacific island, died July 18 [2004] at a Las Vegas hospital. He was 82

Born Harrington Ford Reynolds Jr. on March 21, 1922, Mr. Reynolds enlisted in the Marines shortly after the U.S. entry into World War II in December 1941, then signed up for a Marine commando unit that became known as the Marine Raiders

His childhood friend, Robert Maulding, also joined the Raiders

Maulding was killed along with 18 other Marines when two Raider companies attacked Makin Atoll in the Gilbert Islands, about 2,500 miles west of Hawaii, in August 1942

The commandos were forced to leave their dead on the beach when they evacuated the island, and their commander paid a local resident to bury them

Mr. Reynolds did not take part in the raid

There was no attempt to recover the Marines' remains until surviving Raiders, including Mr. Reynolds, persuaded the Defense Department to search for them many years later

An Army team recovered the remains in 1999, after several attempts

Thirteen of the Raiders were interred at Arlington National Cemetery on Aug. 17, 2001, the 59th anniversary of the raid

Mr. Reynolds, who participated in the ceremony as Maulding's next of kin, said at the time, "I'm just tickled to death he finally is here and being buried in American soil. That's how the whole family feels. It's nice to have him home."

Their story was chronicled in a story in The San Diego Union-Tribune on Memorial Day 2001

Mr. Reynolds saw action during the war at Guadalcanal and Bougainville. After the war he worked as a bartender, film editor and mortgage loan consultant, spending time in Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas

He and his wife, Yvonne "Kiki" Reynolds, lived in Las Vegas but maintained a home in Rancho Bernardo. Kiki Reynolds said her husband died of renal failure

Mr. Reynolds is survived by his wife; a daughter, Rae; sons, Gregory of Las Vegas and Robert of Honolulu; brother, Gary Lease of Santa Cruz; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren

No memorial service was planned


Irvin Hoyt Reynolds was born on July 18, 1920 in Bath County, Kentucky to Stephen Thomas Reynolds, a son of Stephen Marshall and Martha Ellen Boaz Reynolds, and Anna Grace Whaley Reynolds, a daughter of Edward Tolliver Whaley and Nannie Belle Riddle Whaley. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps First Raider Battalion (Edson's Raiders) in World War II from February 1942 to October 1945. He moved to Upper Marlboro, Maryland (a suburb of Washington D.C.) in 1947 and worked as a mechanic for the Greyhound Bus Company for 39 years, retiring August 1, 1985. He died on April 2, 2006 following a stroke and assorted health problems, in Prince Georges County, Maryland. His ashes were just recently interred at Quantico National Cemetery in Virginia where there is a memorial to the Edson's Raiders. He was never married and had no children. He was preceded in death by his parents and the following aunts and uncles: James Grafton "Jim" Whaley, John Andrew Whaley, Eva Blanche Carpenter, Espy Hoyt Whaley, Allen Blaine Whaley, Lucian Rigdon Whaley, Jesse Phare Reynolds, Jasper Newton Reynolds, Ida Mae Carpenter, Walter Carl Reynolds,

Emmett Reynolds, and Sarah Ann Jones


Funeral service for Chester Theodore Rice, 83, Coon Rapids, formerly of Spring Lake Park, took place March 6 at Gearhart Funeral Home, Coon Rapids. Rev. Rex Beyer officiated

Rice died March 2 [2008]. He was born June 15, 1924 in Bovey to Raynard Rice and Maude Abar. He served in the Marines in the South Pacific in World War II and was awarded many medals, including two Purple Hearts. He spent 33 years at Minnegasco as a gas repair foreman before retiring in 1982

He is survived by his wife, Doris; children, Eddie, Chuckie, Danny, Kenny, Gail and Denise; grandchildren, Dennis, Eric, Brian, Shawn, Christopher, Kirsten, Kimberly, April, Brent, Caroline, Phillip, Floyd, Crystal, Jean, Holly, Krista, Kerry, Nathan and Natalie; and 16 great-grandchildren

Pallbearers were Tom Zeisimer, Jim Rice, John Austin, Gary Prince, Dick Druk and Scott Domogalla. Honorary pallbearer was Mike Pearson

Interment was at Morningside Memorial Gardens, Coon Rapids. Arrangements were by Gearhart Funeral Home, Coon Rapids


Mrs. Ruby Richards of Dalton has been informed by the War Department that her son, Cpl. James Zack Richards, 22, Sixth Division Marines, was killed May 21 [1945] in action on Okinawa. Cpl. Richards was awarded the Purple Heart last April. He had participated in five major engagements. He entered the armed forces in September, 1942, went overseas in February, 1943, and had not been home since entering the service. Cpl. Richards graduated from the Dalton High School with the class of 1940. He is survived by his mother; one brother, John Neitz Richards; and two sisters, Miss Edith Richards and Mrs. Curtis Daves and two nieces, Eva and Ann Daves


St. Charles, IL — Edward J. Ricker Jr., 83, a 52-year resident of St. Charles, died Jan. 19, 2008, at his home

Mass was celebrated Jan. 23 at St. Patrick’s Crane Road Church, St. Charles. Burial was at Prairie Cemetery on Crane Road, St. Charles

During World War II, Mr. Ricker served in the South Pacific with the U.S. Marines. He was a member of American Legion Post No. 342 and VFW Post No. 5036

Before his retirement in 1986, Mr. Ricker was employed by Eaton Corp. as production control manager

He was a long-time member of St. Patrick Church and served as an usher for 30 years. He served 60 years in Scouting and received the Silver Beaver Award

Mr. Ricker is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruth; his children, Randy (Marguerite), Scott (Carol), David (Denise), Laurie (Randy) Vincent, Kent (Elizabeth) of St. Charles and Jeff (Sharon) of St. Charles; his grandchildren, Stephanie and Ed Ricker, Marc and Jon Ricker, Chris, Dan, Jared, Brent, Tim and Tracy; and three great-grandchildren

Mr. Ricker was preceded in death by his brother, Russell

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Ricker’s memory may be made to St. Patrick’s Crane Road Church, Building Fund, 6N491 Crane Road, St. Charles, IL 60175

Arrangements were handled by Norris Funeral Home, St. Charles


Word has reached relatives in Darke County that James Riegel, 19, son of Ed Riegel formerly of Dawn, and of Union City, was killed in the fighting in the Solomon Islands in November [November 1, 1943]. He was attending the University of Arizona on a scholarship awarded to him when he enlisted in the U.S. Marines, being attached on request to the Raider's unit. Several weeks ago he sent a letter home stating that he was expecting to return to the states soon and would visit his grandmother, Mrs. Annie Riegel, at Dawn. His brother, George, is in the Navy


World War II hero Earl L. "Jack" Roark Jr., 76, of Longview passed away Saturday, July 6, 2002, at home. Mr. Roark was preceded in death by his parents, Earl L. Roark Sr. and Nona Stacy Roark, and one son, Ronald Stacy Roark

Mr. Roark was born Nov. 10, 1925, in Malvern, Ark. His family moved to Texas when he was 5. He attended school in Gilmer and White Oak and joined the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, serving with the famed Carlson's 4th Marine Raider Battalion and 6th Marine Division. He carried a Browning automatic rifle and saw action on Guam and Okinawa. He was wounded in action several times and received two Purple Hearts. He received the Bronze Star for heroic achievement in connection with operations against the Japanese enemy on Okinawa Shima, Ryukyu Islands on April 15, 1945. As a Browning automatic rifleman, Private 1st Class Roark, acting alone and on his own initiative, repeatedly charged enemy cave emplacements and machine gun positions in the face of grenade and sniper fire to bring his automatic weapon into effective range, thus eliminating several enemy positions

Private 1st Class Roark courageously placed himself in exposed positions so he could discover the source of the heavy fire directed upon his advancing platoon. Spotting these positions, he remained exposed, directing his fire and receiving return fire until he silenced the positions. When wounded by enemy grenade fragments and when out of ammunition, Private Roark stood by a wounded comrade, offering protection with his own grenades until the man was evacuated. He refused evacuation and remained with the company until the accomplishment of its mission. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Marine Corps

After the war, Mr. Roark worked as a machinist and became a supervisor at U.S. Industries. He later owned Roark Machining Co., and he opened Roark Sporting Goods in Ore City when the Lake O' the Pines was first developed. He owned several farms and bought and sold real estate, obtaining his broker's license during that time. He learned to pilot a plane he co-owned with friends. He was an avid fisherman in the East Texas lakes and enjoyed deep sea fishing in the Texas Gulf Coast from Sabine Pass to Port Aransas

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Carol; one son, Reginald Stacy Roark, from a previous marriage; two stepchildren, Mark Buck and Kelli Neel; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Kathryn Taylor of Redwater; and Nona Jeanne Stansell of Colorado Springs, Colo

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2002, at Lakeview Funeral Home with the Rev. Jimmie Stripland officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 8, at the funeral home


William was born November 12, 1919 in San Francisco, CA; passed away May 28, 2008 in Spokane. He earned a BA degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He served in World War II and during the Korean War. At the time of his promotion to full Colonel he was the youngest to receive the rank. He also served at Guadalcanal. He survived the torpedo attack of the transport ship USS John Penn and received a Purple Heart. He retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Marine Corps. William was past president of the American Red Cross Spokane Chapter, a board member of the Spokane Country Club, member of the U.S. Marine Corp Raider Association and served on the District committee of National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. He enjoyed his flowers and gardening, was an avid golfer and traveled the world extensively. William is survived by his daughter, Gina McFarland of Spokane; brother, Theodore (Nita) Roberts of Honduras; three grandchildren: Sean McFarland of Spokane, Sara McFarland of Corvallis, Or, Scotty McFarland of Spokane. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia B. Roberts; one daughter, Nancy L. Roberts; parents, William B. and Mary Roberts. A Committal Service will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2008 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, 7200 N. Wall St. with full military honors. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Spokane, PO Box 2215, Spokane, WA 99210. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hennessey/Smith Funeral Home & Crematory, 2203 North Division, Spokane, WA 99207


Burnsville - James Kenneth Robertson, 89, of Robertson Street passed away Sunday, April 26, 2009, at his home after a lengthy illness. A native of Yancey County, he was a son of the late W. Z. and Sally Lou Banks Robertson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Vinita Penland Robertson, his son, Bascom Dudley Robertson, and his brothers, Merritt and Lee Ray Robertson. A World War II U.S. Marine Raiders Veteran, he saw conflicts in the Pacific while serving with the 1st Marine War Dog Platoon, 2nd Marine Raider Regiment

Kenneth was the oldest member of the Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department, avid outdoorsman, active in the Yancey County Republican Party and a member of Burnsville First Baptist Church. He was retired from B.B. Penland and Son Lumber Company

Surviving are his daughter-in-law, Sandra Bell Robertson of Burnsville and West Union, SC and several nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be held at noon Wednesday in the Chapel of Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home. Revs. Richard Muri and Joe Bennett will officiate. Burial will be in the Robertson Cemetery at West Burnsville with military graverites conducted by the U.S. Marine Corps. Pallbearers will be members of the Burnsville VFD

An hour of quiet prayer and reflections will precede the service at the funeral home. Friends are welcome to gather at the home on Robertson Street immediately following the burial

Memorials may be made to Burnsville VFD, P. O. Box 461, Burnsville, NC 28714 or Yancey County Humane Society, P. O. Box 1016, Burnsville, NC 28714


ROBINSON, Jesse, age 87 Nashville, June 14, 2008. Preceded in death by wife, Christine Robinson; brothers, Clark, Owen, and Clyde Robinson; sister, Mable Johnson. Survived by sons, Dave (Sylvia) Robinson and Phillip Robinson; grandsons, Jesse, Jeff, and Scott Robinson; great-grandsons, Zach and Josh Robinson; brother, Don Robinson; numerous nieces and nephews. Jesse was in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific during WWII under the direct command of Colonel Jimmy Roosevelt as a 4th Raider Battalion/Point Scout and Sniper. The funeral service will be at 11 am, Wednesday, June 18, 2008 at West Harpeth Funeral Home. Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday, 4-8 pm at West Harpeth Funeral Home, 6962 Charlotte Pk. (615) 352-9400


Loyd J. Rockhold, born in Jonesboro on Aug. 29, 1922, died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010, after a courageous battle with Parkinson's disease and prostate cancer. He was a devoted husband, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, good friend and humanitarian

He moved to Baton Rouge as a teenager and graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1939. His studies in civil engineering at LSU were interrupted by World War II. He proudly served in the Marine Corps as a master tech sergeant. As one of Carlson's Raiders, he was stationed in Guam. After the war, he returned to LSU where he earned his degree in 1947. Throughout his life, he remained active in the Marine Corps League and served as League Commandant. He cherished his Marine Corps friends and their camaraderie

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge. He was a former Sunday school teacher and, at the time he became ill, was very active working with the homeless. Loyd never missed a Thursday working at the church's clothes closet. Though Loyd did not have sons, he was extremely active in the Boys Scouts of America and served as a scout leader for many years. He inspired two of his grandsons to become Eagle Scouts. Loyd was a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, served on the board of the Arthritis Association of Louisiana and, through Special Children's Foundation (SCF), provided the initial funding for Camp J.A.M. (Juvenile Arthritis and Me). Under his direction, SCF supported the Boys Scouts of America, Special Olympics, USO, Cancer Services of Baton Rouge, Braveheart Children in Need, The Food Bank, Public Broadcasting System, the March of Dimes and others

His vocation was civil engineering; his lifelong avocation was working to improve the lives of children. His vision led him to establish Special Children's Foundation in 1975, and he went on to become a well known advocate for people with developmental disabilities. Through his efforts, the Loyd J. Rockhold Center for Child Development was established. His life's work expanded to include all children, not just those with disabilities. More recently, Special Children's Foundation, under his direction, partnered with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. There he established two chairs and an endowed professorship as well as being instrumental in providing initial funding for construction of a building to house the Center for Child Development. Before his death, Loyd was able to see the construction in progress for this building and the renaming of the Center in honor of his close friend, former State Superintendent of Education Cecil J. Picard. He was most proud knowing that his work would continue uninterrupted. As a final gift, he donated his body to the LSU Medical School

Loyd is survived by his beloved wife, Terry Rockhold; seven daughters, Sharon Holder, Jan Serignea and husband Ralph, Gloria Rockhold, Cindy Martrain and husband Dale, Marie Greco and husband Andy, Sandy Guidry and husband Scot, and Mary Frances Rockhold; sister, Gladys Chaney Fowler; and former wife, Manuela Pea Rockhold. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and innumerable friends

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Paula Chavers Rockhold; mother, Essie; father, George; brothers, Edward, Raymond, James Alton, Floyd (his twin), and Fred; and sister, Evelyn Roubique

Loyd will be remembered as one who loved and appreciated the Lord, life, family, and friends. He was a man who walked on top of the Wall of China, visited Iguazu Falls, camped out in the Rockies in the snow and won a jitter-bug contest at age 80. He always said he would rather wear out than rust out and believed in living life to the fullest while enjoying every day. He will be missed by many whose lives he enriched, who called him Loyd, Rock, Grandaddy, Rocky Baby, Poppie, Papa Rock and Mr. Rock

There will be a memorial service held at First Baptist Church, 529 Convention St., Baton Rouge, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date

In lieu of flowers, we know that Rock would want everyone to go out to dinner and celebrate his life. Those who wish to may make a donation in his name to First Baptist Church, the Michael J. Fox Foundation, or a charity of their choice. Semper Fi


Gerald Edward Roebuck, Sr., 86, a resident of Montgomery, AL died Sunday, October 18, 2009 in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. from Leak-Memory Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Marguerite Roebuck, two sons, Gerald Edward Roebuck, Jr. (Talwanga)-Denham Springs, LA; Glenn Michael Roebuck-Houston, TX; three grandchildren, Jennifer Byrd (David)-Eclectic, AL; Laura Roebuck-Austin, TX; Michael Lee Roebuck-Houston, TX; two great-grandchildren, Blake Hughes & Tucker Byrd. Mr. Roebuck was born in Birmingham and enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during WW II. He received the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism while serving as company corpsman with the First Marine Raider Battalion during an engagement with enemy Japanese forces on Guadalcanal on the night of September 13 & 14, 1942 and received a Purple Heart for an injury received as a result of enemy action in the South Pacific Area on October 2, 1942. Upon reenlistment, he served in the U.S. Air Force and retired as a Senior Master Sergeant. After his military career, he retired from the Alabama Department of Public Health. Memorial contributions may be made to Dalraida United Methodist Church. Leak-Memory Chapel directing


Lloyd Spencer Rogers, 73, of 107 Hunter Ave., Syracuse, died Friday [November 5, 1993] at the Veterans Administration Medical Center after a long illness

A native of Carthage, Mr. Rogers moved to Syracuse in 1923. He served in the Marines in the Asiatic Theater, 1st Marine Raider Battalion, Co. C. He was a self-employed contractor and retired in 1978

Surviving are two sons, Jon Paul of Lafayette and Ronald R. of Marietta; three daughters, Barbara Jean Moses and Teresa Ann Buck, both of Nedrow, and Rebecca Rose Dornes of Lafayette; a fiancée, Mary Kavney of Syracuse; a sister; Jennette Fauler of Baldwinsville; three brothers, Charles of Florida, Clark of Baldwinsville and Kenneth of West Monroe; 15 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews

Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hall Funeral Home, 6033 Cherry Valley Road, Lafayette. Burial will be in Onondaga Veterans Cemetery, Syracuse

Calling hours are 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home


Odis C. "Chet" Rollins, of Sussex, June 21, 2002, age 84 years. Beloved husband of Louise (nee Starke). Loving father of Mark. Dear brother of Mada Clark. Further survived by other relatives and friends. Private family services were held. Chet was a teacher for 29 years and served in the Navy for 10 years as a Chief Pharmacist Mate. Schmidt & Bartelt A.A. Schmidt & Sons Funeral & Cremation Service, Sussex 262-246-4774


James Roosevelt, a six-term Congressman, former delegate to the United Nations and eldest son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, died yesterday [August 13, 1991] at his home in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 83 years old

Complications from a stroke and Parkinson's disease were the causes of death, said his son H. Delano Roosevelt

"My little boy, Jimmy," was the way Franklin Roosevelt introduced his eldest son, then 24 years old and 6 feet 4 inches tall, to crowds in the 1932 Presidential campaign. The line always drew a laugh

James Roosevelt's presence at his father's side presaged his own political ambitions

Soon after graduating from Harvard College in 1930, he attended Boston University Law School while at the same time earning as much as $250,000 a year selling insurance. Asked by reporters if his long-term goals were in law or insurance, he said, "Neither, it's politics."

James Roosevelt was born in New York City on Dec. 23, 1907, in the first house his father and mother, Eleanor, had all to themselves -- a brownstone on 36th Street between Madison and Park Avenues. He was the second of six children and the last one surviving

Following family custom, he attended the Groton School, where, in his father's words, he "did very well in athletics and leadership, rather poorly in studies."

In 1936, he put aside his business career to campaign for his father's re-election. He then joined the White House staff as a $6,000-a-year executive assistant. A year later, he was appointed a full secretary, acting as a go-between for his father to the heads of Federal agencies

Although he had gastric ulcers, when the United States entered World War II, Mr. Roosevelt pulled the strings available to him to be assigned to combat. He commanded a Marine battalion in the Gilbert Islands in August 1942 and was awarded the Navy Cross for saving three men from drowning in heavy surf. He fought at Guadalcanal and at the second Battle of Midway and, in 1943, was awarded the Silver Star

After the war, Mr. Roosevelt settled in Beverly Hills, Calif., and soon became active in politics. In 1950, he was the Democratic nominee for governor of California, but lost to the Republican incumbent, Earl Warren. He was elected to Congress four years later and represented California's 26th District for the next 11 years

Then, in August 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him as a delegate to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Leaves United Nations

Mr. Roosevelt gave up the post in December 1966 and became president of the International Overseas Services Management Company. He had touched off criticism earlier that year by accepting a job on the board of a mutual fund sponsored by the company. Critics asserted that he was compromising his United Nations position

Mr. Roosevelt had other brushes with controversy. Some Democrats never forgave him for the prominent role he played in Democrats for Nixon in 1972. In 1983, Mr. Roosevelt launched the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, which describes itself as an advocacy group for the concerns of the elderly. The organization came under criticism for using what opponents called scare tactics and mailings to elderly people that looked like Government correspondence

Mr. Roosevelt married four times. His first marriage, to Betsey Cushing, ended in divorce in 1940. They had two daughters. In 1955, divorce ended his second marriage, to Romelle Schneider, with whom he had a daughter and two sons. He married Gladys Irene Owens a year later, and the couple had a son. That marriage ended in September 1969, and a month later Mr. Roosevelt married Mary Lena Winskill, with whom he had another daughter

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his three sons, James Jr., Michael and H. Delano, and four daughters, Sara, Kate, Anne and Rebecca


Pvt. James Hortin Roosevelt, U.S. Marines, only son of Mr. and Mrs. James B. Roosevelt of south of Albion, has been killed in action [July 8, 1943] in the South Pacific area, according to a message received by his parents Friday and dated at Arlington, Va., last Thursday, July 29

The message which was signed by T. Holcomb, Lieut. General and Commandant U.S. Marine Corps reads as follows:

"Deeply regret to inform you that your son Pvt. James H. Roosevelt, U.S. Marines Corps Reserve, was killed in action in the performance of his duty and in the service of his country. To prevent possible aid to our enemies please do not divulge the name of his ship or station. Present situation necessitates internment temporarily in the locality where death occurred and you will be notified accordingly. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy, Letter follows."

Roosevelt would have been 21 years old next December 9th. He enlisted December 1st, 1942 and received his boot training at the Marine base at San Diego, California. He left the United States for overseas service on April 18. His relatives believe that he was in New Guinea and his death probably occurred in the present drive on Munda and Salamaua

Deceased was born in Edwards County and graduated from the A.C.H.S. in 1941. He was active in sports and popular with his classmates. Surviving are his parents, and one sister Miss Maxine, who is employed at the County Welfare office here

Pvt. Roosevelt is Edwards County’s fourth casualty in World War II. Others were Lieut. Charles Richards, Air Corps, killed in action in the South Pacific; Ralph Kendrick, killed in an accident in a southern camp and Lieut. Harold Pierce, Air Corps native of Albion who was killed in the bombing of the Ruhr dams in Germany

At the little church where he attended Sunday School and church as a boy, Memorial services were held last Sunday for James Hortin Roosevelt, who as a member of Company C, First Raiders’ Battalion, USMC, gave his life at Enogai, New Georgia Island, last July 8

The wind sighed softly through the big old trees with their fresh green leaves that surround Olive Congregational Christian church five miles south of Albion even as a South Seas breeze was probably softly waving the palms above the military markers of heroes who sleep at Government Cemetery at Enogai where he is buried but in the hearts of his family and his boyhood friends the distance, last Sunday afternoon, did not seem far. In the hearts of the silent group of friends it seemed that the happy carefree boy who, as a school mate put it "was mischievous but smart as a tack" should be somewhere near

Realizing that if there were any publicity, the tiny church would not begin to hold the crowd that would attend the service, Mr. and Mrs. James Roosevelt had the service announced only to the congregation, relatives and friends, but the crowd overflowed the church and into the shaded church lawn

The address was made by the pastor of the dead hero, Rev. Harry Taylor, himself a War Dad with a boy in overseas service. Music included two duets, "The Cross Is Not Greater" and "Be Still My Soul" by Mrs. William Wood and Mr. Melvin Works

Honorary pall bearers named for the service included Pfc. Roman Kuyak, and Robert J. Farmer, buddies of young Roosevelt, Pfc. Leo Frankland, Sgt. Marvin Johnson, A-C Carl M. Jacobs and John E. Roosevelt, S 2-c, boyhood friends and relatives


FALLBROOK - Lawrence M. Root, 75, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, in Fallbrook.

Born Oct. 12, 1924, in Hollywood, he lived in Fallbrook. He worked for the Los Angeles Police Department, retiring after 25 years. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II with the First Raiders in the Solomon Islands and Guadalcanal. He was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church for many years.

Mr. Root is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Root of Fallbrook; six sons; four daughters; and 15 grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 11, at Fallbrook Masonic Cemetery, with the Rev. Bernie Rapp officiating.

The family suggests memorial donations to St. Vincent de Paul Village, c/o the Rev. Joe Carroll, 3350 E St., San Diego, CA 92102.

Berry-Bell & Hall Mortuary is handling arrangements.


FAIRHOPE, Ala. -- Rudolf "Rudy" Rosenquist, an artist and lover of history, and a longtime friend to many of Fairhope's best-known personalities, died Monday, March 1, 2010. He was 86

"He was one of the 'old guard,' you might say," said Gina McMellon, Rosenquist's stepdaughter. "His life story is just incredible."

Rosenquist was a highly decorated veteran and "a legend within the Marine Corps," said Fairhope resident Bill Butterworth, the best-selling military fiction author behind the pen name W.E.B. Griffin

"He's the only man I know who got bayoneted twice and lived," said Butterworth, 80

Rosenquist is perhaps best known locally for his artistic endeavors. He designed the Baldwin County seal, which has been used by the County Commission for the past 51 years. He also designed Fairhope High School's pirate mascot, McMellon said

Among Rosenquist's friends was iconic Fairhope artist Craig Sheldon, who died in 1997. They both were in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific during World War II

Rosenquist was raised in Baldwin County by his grandparents, Ed and Clara Miller, on the same land where he died Monday, family members said

In 1942, at the age of 16, he joined the Marine Corps. He was transferred to the South Pacific, where he signed up with the U.S. Marine Raiders -- the first special operations unit to organize and see action in World War II

He was with the 3rd Raider Battalion that went behind enemy lines during the 1942 campaign on Guadalcanal Island. Rosenquist told a Press-Register reporter during a 1999 interview. They killed more than 500 Japanese soldiers while losing just 16 men

While fighting on the Mariana Islands, Rosenquist was wounded in the chest and abdomen and carried shrapnel in his legs his entire life

"A Japanese soldier bayoneted him in the back," said Dean Mosher, Sheldon's son-in-law, who knew Rosenquist for decades. "He said that while the soldier was twisting the bayonet around in his insides, he pulled his .45 out of his belt, aimed behind him and shot the guy."

Due to his combat injuries, Rosenquist received an honorable discharge in November 1945. He was awarded two Purple Heart medals

After returning home, Rosenquist enjoyed a successful career with the state of Alabama as a revenue officer until he retired in 1974

"He was well known throughout the state for his ability to sneak up and destroy whiskey stills," said Dick Lacey, 82, a Fairhope lawyer. He said he met Rosenquist shortly after he moved from Birmingham in 1957

"He had a thing against moonshiners because he felt they poisoned people. Moonshine contains lead, among other things," Butterworth said. "He didn't have anything against alcohol. But boy those 'shiners hated Rosenquist."

In 1986, Rosenquist founded the U.S. Marine Raider Museum in Richmond, Va. He and other veterans felt that the Marine Raiders, a unit that existed from 1942 to 1944 during World War II, was a page of history that was fading except in the memories of the 3,600 men who served in its four battalions

Rosenquist had suffered from heart problems and back pain for many years, McMellon said. He fell down a few weeks ago and his health quickly declined after that, she said. He was taken home from the hospital last week

"The last time I saw him, he was in deep pain, I know, and trying not to show it," Butterworth said. "He was cheerful to the end. He was always joking."

Rosenquist co-authored "Our Kind of War," a book telling the story of the Marine Raiders during World War II

In addition to his stepdaughter, Rosenquist is survived by his wife of 24 years, Marian Boone Rosenquist, and two granddaughters, all of Fairhope

A "farewell celebration" for Rudy Rosenquist will be held from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at the Fairhope Yacht Club

The family suggests that contributions be made to the U.S. Marine Raider Foundation, in care of Robert A. Buerlein, U.S. Marine Foundation, 4430 Menokin Road, Richmond, VA 23225


A funeral will be held today for Harold C. Ross Jr. of Lynn, owner of M. C. Heald & Co., a package store in that city. Mr. Ross died Wednesday [April 28, 1993] at Union Hospital in Lynn after a brief illness. He was 71

Born in Baltimore, Mr. Ross was a 1940 graduate of Swampscott High School. He had lived in Lynn for the past 42 years

Mr. Ross served as a machine gunner with the 6th Division Marines in World War II and was a member of the Elite 4th Marine Raiders. Mr. Ross spent 30 months in the Pacific and fought at Okinawa. He received two Purple Hearts, the Presidential Citation, a Navy Unit Commendation and the Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon with six battle stars. Since his father-in-law's death in 1964, Mr. Ross was owner and operator of M. C. Heald & Co., founded in 1849 as a soft-drink company. The company became a package store in the 1950s

Mr. Ross was a member of the Lynn area Chamber of Commerce. He was a life member of Disabled American Veterans, the Marine Raider Association and the American Legion

He leaves his wife, Barbara J. (Buss); two sons, Robert H. and Michael, both of Lynn; three daughters, Pamela J. Jackson of Lynn and Barbara A. Briere and Susan K. Hurley, both of Sanford, Maine; and four grandchildren

The service will begin at 10 a.m. in Solimine and Rhodes Funeral Home in Lynn. Burial will be in Swampscott Cemetery


Raymond R. Ruble of Hainesport died Saturday, October 4th, 2008 at his residence

Mr. Ruble was a lifelong Hainesport resident and a longtime member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Hainesport, where he was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Holy Name Society

Mr. Ruble proudly served with the United States Marine Corps in WWII in the South Pacific with the 1st and 6th Marine Divisions and was a member of "Edson's Raiders." He received the Purple Heart medal and fought on Guadalcanal, the Solomon Islands, Eniwetok and other islands in the South Pacific. He was a retired vehicle mechanic with U.S. Civil Service and worked on tanks and armored personnel carriers at Fort Dix

Mr. Ruble was also a former bus driver for Wills Bus Service, a former policeman in Hainesport and a life member of the Hainesport Fire Company and also a member of the NJ Exempt Firemen's Association

Husband of the late Florence Ruble, Mr. Ruble was deeply loved by his four daughters, Barbara Ruble of North Bergen, NJ, Lorraine Stephens and her husband John of Newark, NY, Renee Rivera and her husband Joe of Lumberton and Cory Spengeman of Hilton, NY. He is also survived by three granddaughters, Deanna, Kristin and Mary; a brother, Peter M. Ruble of Hainesport and two sisters-in-law, Virginia Ruble of Southampton and Dot Ruble of Lumberton

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, October 11th, 2008 at 11 AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Marne Highway, Hainesport. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Hainesport. Friends may call Saturday from 9:30 to 11 AM at the church

Contributions may be made to the Hainesport Fire Company, Broad Street, Hainesport, NJ 08036

Arrangements by the Perinchief Chapels, Mount Holly


Winfred (Bill) Earl Rushing, age 83, of Aransas Pass, Texas was called to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 26, 2007

He was born December 6, 1923 in Healdton, Oklahoma to Will and Nelly Rushing, Grandson of David H. and Nancy Jane Cloer Rushing

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Marvin and Wilbur Rushing and his grandson Joseph (Joe) Earl Rushing

Bill will be greatly missed & lovingly remembered by his soul mate, life's love and wife of 58 precious years, Aquila. He is survived by four beloved sons, Jim (Kathy) Rushing of Redding, California, Paul (Nancy) Rushing of San Antonio, Texas, David Rushing of Aransas Pass, Texas, and Johnny (Rita) Rushing of Aransas Pass, Texas. Also six grandchildren: Tina Rushing, Jeff Rushing, Courtney (LG) Davis, Connie (Ben) Supnet, Erica Rushing, and Desiree (Kenny) Howland and seven great-grandchildren

At the young age of 16, Bill joined the United States Army where he served two years. Then from 1942-1946, he served in the United States Marine Corps as a rifleman in the 2nd Raider Battalion. Bill was a proud WW II Veteran. He honorably fought in the Battles of Midway, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima, and Saipan

After serving in the military, Bill worked as a driller in the oil fields in West Texas. Then in 1963, Bill and his family moved to Aransas Pass, Texas, which became their home to work for Storm Drilling Company. Also he was employed with Brown and Root for 10 years as a Crane Operator. During his retirement years, Bill occupied his time with numerous entrepreneur endeavors

Bill was a 55-year member of the Masonic Lodge. Also, he was a Charter Member of the Alamine Shrine Temple. In addition, he was a 50-year member of the Scottish Rite and a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter 162. Plus, he was a member of the Salt Lake Baptist Church in Rockport, Texas where he enjoyed Christian fellowship

Visitation will be held at Charlie Marshall Chapel, Aransas Pass, Saturday, April 28, 2007, from 9am to 9pm. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, April 29, 2007 at 3pm at Charlie Marshall Chapel, Aransas Pass with Rev. Jim Huffman officiating. Masonic graveside services will follow at Aransas Memorial Park Cemetery under the direction of Masonic Lodge 1018 of Aransas Pass


Archie Howard Rusk, born Feb. 12, 1921, passed away Mar. 8, 2011

Mr. Rusk was preceded in death by his wife, Agnes. He is survived by one daughter: Susan E. Rusk; two sons: Randy H. Rusk and Larry D. Rusk; and one granddaughter: Jennifer D. Rusk

Funeral Services will be held Tues., Mar.15 2011 at 1:00 p.m. with U.S. Navy honors at Houston National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to Veterans Funeral Services (281) 272-9900


DOVER — Robert E. Russ, 81, formerly of 3 Hawthorne St., Dover, died Sunday, July 22, 2001, at St. Ann Home, after a period of failing health

Born Jan. 6, 1920 in Rollinsford, he was the son of Alfred and Marion (Johnson) Russ

A veteran, he served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II in the First Marine Division under Col. Edson, known as Edson's Raiders

He was employed as an installation foreman with New England Telephone & Telegraph, retiring after 38 years. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers and the Winnipesaukee Lodge F&AM of Alton and a member of the Alpha Chapter Order of Eastern Star of Alton

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth (Brown) Russ; a daughter, Judith Hampe of Hopkinton; a sister, Elizabeth (Russ) Masek of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and four grandchildren

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday in Greenwood Cemetery in Kingston with the Rev. Abby Lynn Campbell, officiating. Those who desire may make donations in his name to the Cocheco Valley Humane Society, 262 County Farm Road, Dover, NH 03820; or to St. Ann Home Activities Fund, 195 Dover Point Road, Dover, NH 03820

Arrangements under the direction of the Wiggin-Purdy-McCooey-Dion Funeral Home, 655 Central Ave., Dover


Vernon E. Rustvold, 79, of 3013 6th Ave. S., a retired builder and Marine Corps veteran, died of natural causes on Tuesday [December 6, 2005] at Peace Hospice

Vernon built about 60 homes in Great Falls including his own home for his young family at the age of 22. He helped build the first house for Neighborhood Housing. In later years he built a family mountain cabin. Many family gatherings were held there and on cold nights he would recite poems to the children at bedtime. He was an avid reader and traveled extensively with his wife. He attended many Marine Corps reunions at Quantico, Virginia, and revisited his battlegrounds at Okinawa and Guam

Vernon was contacted in 2004, by historian Hugh Ambrose, son of author Stephen Ambrose, to assist with a documentary project they were planning regarding Marine Raiders and events in the South Pacific during WWII. Vern contributed many hours of interviews helping to bring this story to people for whom this war was fought

Vernon belongs to the DAV, Veterans of Foreign War, Scout Sniper Association, Elks Club, Purple Heart Association, Marine Corps League, and Holy Spirit Catholic Church

Survivors include his wife Eloise Rustvold of Great Falls; a daughter, Karin (Howard) Schiffman of Potomac, Md.; sons Richard Rustvold and Bruce (Marilyn) Rustvold, of Great Falls; a sister, Sharon (Jim) LePard, of Great Falls; and grandchildren Andrew Rustvold, Hannah Rustvold, Matt Schiffman, and Rebekah Schiffman

Vernon was preceded in death by his son Alan Rustvold in 1969

Visitation is 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Schnider Funeral Home. His funeral liturgy is 11 a.m. Saturday at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church with burial following in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Schnider Funeral Home is handling arrangements

Memorials are suggested to Peace Hospice 1101 26th St. S., Great Falls, MT 59405; or Sts. Peter and Paul Building Fund, 200 44th St. S., Great Falls, MT 59405


Rutizer, Roy A., age 78 of Tamarac, Florida died Saturday November 8, 2003

Mr. Rutizer was born in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Florida in 1970

He was a World War II veteran having enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and eventually became a Marine Raider. After the war, he became president of the International Marine Raider Association. Roy maintained active membership in the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla #38

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Faye; three children Barry of Brooklyn, NY, Howard of Naples, FL, and Cary of West Palm Beach, FL. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren: Rachel, Sasha, Amber, Jamie, Tanya, Nicole, Mark; and one great-grandchild Sabastian

A graveside service will be held Monday, November 10, 2003, at the Star of David Funeral Home and Cemetery at 11:15


Alfred J. Ryan, 90, of Liverpool, passed away Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at the VA Medical Center, after battling Alzheimer's for several years. He was born on Syracuse's west side; he was a graduate of Syracuse University. He retired from Acme Market in Syracuse. He honorably served in WWII with the United States Marine Corps in the 1st battalion of Edson's Raiders. He enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Beaver Meadows Golf Club. He was predeceased by wife, Marion, and his son Patrick. Alfred is survived by his children, Richard Ryan of Weedsport, Linda Eldred of North Syracuse and Barbara Bennett of South Carolina; he was a loving grandfather of eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Service will be Friday 7 p.m. at New Comer Funeral Home, 705 N. Main St., N. Syracuse. Calling hours will be Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Graveside services will be Saturday 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Cemetery, DeWitt. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Alzheimer's Association of CNY, 441 Kirkpatrick St., Syracuse, NY 13204


SOUTH BEND - Barry S. Rymer, 82, of Alpharetta, Ga., formerly of South Bend, died Sunday [July 9, 2006] in Atlanta Hospice of natural causes. Survivors include two sons, Andrew of Alpharetta and Jeffrey of Nashville, Tenn.; a sister, Evelyn Pollyea of Mishawaka; and a brother, Richard of South Bend. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. today in Hebrew Orthodox Cemetery Chapel, Mishawaka. There will be no visitation. McGann Hay, Forest G. Hay Funeral Home, is handling arrangements


Mario L. Saatelli, of Farmingdale, died on April 21, 1999. Husband of the late Helen. Father of Thomas and James (Rosalba). Grandpa of Jennifer and Jessica. Also survived by two sisters and one brother. Arrangements were made by the McCourt & Trudden Funeral Home, Farmingdale. Funeral Mass at St. Kilian RC Church. Interment Pinelawn Memorial Park.


Jack C. Sackett, 79, of Spring Hill, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill. Born in Hallstead, Pa., he came here five years ago from Norwick, N.Y. He was the police chief with the Norwich Police Department. He was a Marine Corps veteran and participated in several battles in the South Pacific. He was a member of the Rotary, the Indian Iroquois League and the Philatelic Society. He was Protestant. Survivors include Jeannine; two daughters, Valerie Wood, Cincinnati, and Colleen Sackett, Oxford, N.Y.; a brother, Edward, Utah; a sister, Gloria Coffan, New York; several nieces and nephews; several grand-nieces and nephews; and four grandchildren. Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Spring Hill.


Sadowski, Norbert C. Born to eternal life on July 28, 2007, age 85. Beloved husband of Monica (nee Polewski). Dear father of Thomas (Betty) and David. Grandfather of Anthony. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral Wednesday, August 1 at 10AM at St. Helen Church, 3329 S. 10th St. Private interment St. Adalbert Cemetery. In state Wednesday at Church after 9AM. Joseph E. Sass 1019 W. Oklahoma Ave. 744-3636


COVENTRY--Anthony M. Sarvia, age 85, died Saturday [June 23, 2007] at home. For sixty-three years he was the beloved husband of T. Alberta Bunny (Clements) Sarvia.

Born in Taunton, MA, a son of the late Manuel and Lucy (Mello) Sarvia, he had lived in Coventry for forty-eight years.

He was a United States Marine Corps veteran of World War II.

He was the owner of Sarvia Electrical Motors for fifteen years before retiring in 1987, previously working as an electrical maintenance worker at Quonset Point Naval Air Station.

He was a member of St. Matthias Church, Coventry, RI and a past member of the Bishop's Committee. As a Mason, he was a member of Ionic Lodge 28 F&AM in Greene, Scottish Rite Valley of Providence, Swords of Bunker Hill and the Rhode Island Shriners where, as a member of the Clown Unit, he was known as "Uncle Tony". He also was a member of Martha Chapter OES and Mauricepion Chapter 17 DAV.

Besides his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Candace Manocchio of Vassalboro, ME and Tonia Ann Perra of Coventry, one son Kenneth M. Sarvia of West Warwick, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was the brother of the late Robert Sarvia.

Friends may call at Carpenter-Jenks Funeral Home, 659 East Greenwich Avenue, West Warwick, Monday 5-8 PM with a Masonic Memorial Service at 7:30 PM. Funeral service in St. Matthias Church, Nooseneck Hill Rd., Coventry, Tuesday at 10 AM. Burial, with military honors, will be in the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery, Exeter.

Should friends desire memorial gifts made to the Shriner’s Childrens Hospital or to the Church Memorial Fund would be appreciated.


TRAVERSE CITY - Allen L. "Bud" Savage, 74, of Traverse City, died Friday, August 13, 1999, at his daughter's home.

Born June 4, 1925, in Central Lake, he was the son of Clair and Helen (Hunt) Savage. On Jan. 7, 1946, he married Margaret Winowiecki at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Isadore.

Bud - as he was affectionately known by his friends, was a 1943 graduate of Traverse City Central High School where he was co-captain of the Trojan football team. His team won the state championship in 1943.

Bud enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps as soon as he graduated from high school. He excelled in boot camp and was assigned to the elite Marine Raiders, the forerunner of the special forces. He served in the South Pacific during World War II and also served in Korea and for three tours of duty in Vietnam. He was affectionately known as "Doc" to his Marine friends. Bud retired as a first sergeant after 29 years of service with the U.S. Marines. At the age of 65, when the Gulf War broke out, Bud went straight to the Marine recruiting office and begged to get in that war. But the Marine recruiter thanked him for the hitch he had served and assured him that they could handle things from there. A very patriotic man, he often helped place flags on the graves of veterans on Memorial Day, an important event in his life. Bud was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 2780 in Traverse City.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; a daughter, Linda (Leonard) Ritola, and a sister, Vivien (Win) Edwards - all of Traverse City. Survivors also include six grandchildren, DiAnna (Steve) Ritola-Schow of Vermont; Nancee Ritola of North Carolina, and Andrew, Mary, Joseph and Brenden Ritola - all of Traverse City; a great-granddaughter, Mira Ruth; his mother-in-law, Bertha Winowiecki of Traverse City; and many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Bud left behind some very dear friends in Bard, Calif., Dallas, Texas, and Billings, Mont.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Beth, and a brother, James.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Interment will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens with full military rites.

Memorials may be directed to Munson Hospice or Mass Intentions.

The family is being served by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home of Traverse City.


Warne N. Schaap Sr., 76, passed away Saturday morning Oct. 2, 1999 at home in Yakima. He was born Dec. 26, 1922 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Rev. J. O. Schaap and Grace (Nelson) Schaap.

Warne enlisted in the Navy December of 1940 and was assigned to the Marines as a corpsman serving with the Carlson’s Raiders. After the service, he received his degree from Notre Dame in June of 1947. Upon graduation he taught school in Craigmont, Idaho. Following that, he spent four years with Upjohn and three years with Ciba in the pharmaceutical industry. He then went to work in Nampa, Idaho, as a hospital administrator.

In 1962, he moved to Ellensburg to oversee the construction of Kittitas Valley Community Hospital and to assume the position of administrator for 18 years. Warne was also instrumental in developing the ambulance service that is now in Ellensburg.

Clubs and organizations that he was affiliated with are the Ellensburg Elks, Yakima Elks and Country Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #379, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Idaho, Yakima York Rite Council #12, member Afifi Shrine Temple in Tacoma, Royal Order of Jesters, and served eight years on the Board of Directors for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane and a member of the Englewood Christian Church.

Warne, as most know, was a very avid golfer. Along with his career eight holes in one, he "shot his age" several times over the past few years.

Surviving family members include his wife Lois (Bemis) Schaap of Yakima; daughter, Sandi (Bill) Nelson of Granger, Ind.; son, Warne Jr. (Ina) of Selah; daughter, Linda (Pat) Clerf of Ellensburg; daughter, Stacey (Cliff) Day of Anchorage; step-sons, Ron Bemis and Greg (Pati) Bemis of Yakima; brothers, Gordon (Louella) Schaap of Loveland, Colo. and Roger (Janette) Schaap of Garden City, Idaho; former wife, Gwen Axell of Yakima and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Englewood Christian Church, Englewood and 44th Ave. on Tuesday Oct. 5 at 2 p.m. If desired, memorial contributions can be made to Shriners Hospital for Children care of Keith and Keith Funeral Home.


Francis J. (Schim) Schimscha, 85, of Waukegan, passed away Friday, July 5, 2002 in Chicago, IL. He was born May 3, 1917 in St. Paul, MN and was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and the Moose Lodge #706. He was the former owner of Schim and Eddy's Tavern, secretary and treasure of Bartenders and Waitresses Union, served 3 years in the Canadian Air Force as a pilot and 5 years in the Marine Corps as a Raider during World War II. Survivors include his nephew Gerald (Janet) Fraser of Hayward, WI; special friends Thomas Holmgran of Waukegan, Robert Reinbach of Bocaraton, FL and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his lifelong companion Gerri Hembrook, 3 siblings Pauline, Otto and Cathrine.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2002 at North Shore Garden of Memories with burial following service.

Funeral arrangements under the care of Marsh Funeral Home (847) 336-0127. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the National Cancer Society.


Leopold Joseph Schmidt, 82, devoted husband, loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at Presbyterian Hospital of Denton, surrounded by his loving family.

Mr. Schmidt was born Sept. 25, 1924, in Thomas, Okla., to Leopold Joseph Schmidt Sr. and Mary Frances Davis.

Mr. Schmidt was a proudly decorated Marine Raider during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He married Roberta June Kerr in Dalhart, Texas, on Feb. 8, 1946. They resided in Dalhart where Mr. Schmidt was a successful businessman and farmer. He and his wife retired in 1976 and made their home in Kerrville until the year 2005, when they moved to Denton to be closer to their family. He was an extremely dedicated, loving and devoted husband. He taught his family the meaning of love and devotion by the way he lived his life. He was always immediately available when anyone in his family needed him. His dry sense of humor will be remembered by all who knew him.

Mr. Schmidt is preceded in death by his parents; a half-sister, Carolyn Schmidt; and great-grandchild, Dusty Fowler. He is survived by two daughters, Bonnie S. Wallace and Vickie L. Coffey; sons-in-law, Rick Wallace and Dan Coffey; six grandchildren, Marsha Kay Fowler, Douglas J. Fowler, Vickie Ann Parker, Tommie Jo Mikuska, Amanda Marie Coffey and Callie Denise Coffey; eight great-grandchildren, D.J. Fowler, Brittany Fowler, Vanessa Fowler, Ashley Maib, Bailey Kennemer, Billy Jo Fowler, Brianna Fowler and Michael Fowler; brother; Martin Schmidt; sister; Lottie Robinson; and stepbrothers; Merten Christenson and Bob Christenson.

A private memorial service will be held at Goen-Hudgens Funeral Home Chapel.


Schwulst Roy H. 'Hoagie' Jan. 29 2002 age 80 years. Brother of Roland (Mildred) Schwulst of CO. Former husband of Mary Schwulst of AZ. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial. Services Sat. Feb. 2nd 11.39 AM at the Funeral Home. Roy served our country as a proud Marine during WWII and was a retiree of American Industrial.


MR. SCIANGULA, Griffin Avenue, Lady Lake, died Thursday, Jan. 8 [1998]. He was a construction worker. Born in Rochester, N.Y., he moved to Central Florida in 1977. He was a member of St. Timothy Catholic Church, Lady Lake. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. Survivors: daughters, Susan O'Hara, Weirsdale, Laurie, Lady Lake; brother, Joseph Sciangula Sands, Buffalo, N.Y.; sister, Patricia J. Hollenbeck, Buffalo; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Page-Theus-Blanchard Funeral Home, Leesburg.


BEARDSTOWN - Robert G. Seaman, 82, of Beardstown died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2005, at Heritage Manor South in Beardstown.

He was born June 18, 1923, in Beardstown, the son of Glen and Agnes Irene Goff Seaman. He married Fredda Hardwick in 1949 in Beardstown.

Mr. Seaman graduated from Beardstown High School in 1941. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving as a Marine Raider from 1943 to 1947. He received a Purple Heart for his participation in the capture of Bougainville. He worked for Schultz, Baujan Mill and retired from Bohn Aluminum in Beardstown as a bookkeeper.

He was a member of St. Alexius Catholic Church, Guthrie-Pierce VFW Post 1239 and BPO Elks Lodge 1007, all in Beardstown, the American Legion Post in Rushville and the U.S. Raider Association.

Survivors: wife, Fredda; and several cousins.

Funeral Mass: 10 a.m. Monday, St. Alexius Catholic Church, Beardstown, the Rev. Eugene Weitzel officiating. Burial: Beardstown City Cemetery.

Sager Funeral Home in Beardstown is in charge of arrangements.


Evo J. Sebastianelli, 77, of Farmington died Tuesday, October 2, 2001 at his home. Born in 1923 in Elk, PA, he was the beloved husband of Florence (Wichrowski) Sebastianelli for 56 years. They lived in Farmington for 48 years and were residents of New Britain prior to moving to Farmington. Along with his wife, he leaves his daughter, Sandra and her husband, Brian Alters of Montreal, Quebec; and his daughter, Mary and her husband, Mark Klebig of San Antonio, TX. He also leaves two grandchildren, Marc Gottfried of St. Louis, MO, and Terryl Robison of College Station, TX; a sister, Rita Battista of New Britain; a sister, Claire and her husband, Stanley Wolff of New Britain; and a brother, Robert and his wife, Betsy Sebastianelli of East Granby: a brother-in-law, Joseph Wichrowski of Plainville; a brother-in-law, Victor Cieszynski of Windsor; and a sister-in-law, Josie Wichrowski of Plantsville; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Leo. A veteran of World War II, Evo served in the South Pacific on Emirau Island, Guam, Marianas Island, and Guadualcanal. A well-known and highly respected jeweler and master craftsman in watch repairing, Evo opened his first store, Watch Repair Center, in New Britain on Myrtle Street in the early 1950s. During that time, he received a commendation from the State Department of Education for his outstanding training of several physically handicapped persons in watch repairing for the Connecticut State Rehabilitation Service. He moved his store to West Hartford, opening Sebastian Jewelers at Corbins Corner and later an adjoining store, Rings 'n Things. In the late 1970s, Evo retired and worked as a volunteer for the Red Cross, but his retirement was short lived. He then opened Sebastianelli Jewelers in the Wethersfield Shopping Center, retiring permanently in the late 1980s. During his retirement, he was an avid deep-sea fisherman, enjoying frequent trips on the MIJOY, trolling the waters of Long Island Sound off the coast of Niantic. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 5, at the New Britain Memorial Funeral Home on 444 Farmington Avenue, New Britain. Relatives and friends are invited to gather Saturday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home for a procession to St. Patrick's Church, Main Street, Farmington where a mass will be celebrated at 12 Noon. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the VNA Health Care HOPE Unit, 103 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105 or to the American Cancer Society.


MASCOTTE, Fla. — Joe L. Segraves, formerly of Jacksonville, died March 8 [2002] at his home in Mascotte, Fla.

Mr. Segraves was born Sept. 15, 1921 to the late Charles and Eslie Brown Segraves. He entered the Marine Corps in 1940 and served with the elite 1st Marine Division Raiders Battalion in the Tulagi/Guadalcanal invasion. The Purple Heart was awarded to Mr. Segraves in recognition of meritorious duty and wounds suffered in battle. He retired from the Corps after 21 years, settling in Jacksonville with his family.

Mr. Segraves’ second career retirement came in 1982 after 20 years of Civil Service as a firefighter at Camp Lejeune. He held the rank of captain.

Funeral services were held on March 12 in Clermont, Fla. Interment with full military honors by the U.S. Marine Corps followed at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.

Survivors include Joseph Segraves Jr. (Jody) and his wife, Ann of Jacksonville; Chris Segraves and wife, Ellen of Evans, Ga.; Valerie Segraves of Atlanta; and three grandchildren, Lauren and Kelly Segraves of Evans, Ga. and Damon Segraves of Fayetteville.


Frank John Seno [March 27, 2004] was born March 11, 1918 in Woodland, California. He graduated from Woodland High School in 1936 and entered the Marine Corps in 1940 where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. He saw action with Carlson's Raiders at Midway, Guadalcanal, Puruata and Bougainville. After the war he moved to Odessa, Texas where he became President of the Odessa Junior Chamber of Commerce. While there he became active in the Permian Playhouse and was awarded best supporting actor for his role in Mr. Roberts. He moved to Modesto where he became a charter member of the S.O.S. Club, serving on the Board of Directors for a number of years where he instigated and was general Chairman of the Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament in 1966 and 1967. John and his wife Betty moved to Hawaii in 1968 and then to Fiji in 1970. While there, they traveled extensively in the South Pacific, the Orient and Europe, before moving back to California in 1972. He spent 32 years in Real Estate, was a member of the Elks, the Marine Raiders Association and the American Legion, serving as Commander of the Auburn Post. An avid golfer, he made 3 hole-in-ones in the 40 plus years he played the game.

He is survived by his wife Betty Seno, daughter Terri Tedford of Odessa, Texas, sons Robert of Ennis, Montana, and Tony of Ruidoso, N.M., stepdaughters Janet McCormick of Modesto, Ca., Pat Kaulukukui of Seaside, Ca., 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 1 brother, 3 sisters and 1 nephew.

A memorial service will held at 12:00 noon, Friday, April 2, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1528 Oakdale Road, Modesto with refreshments to follow. Internment and Marine Honor Guard will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park at 2:15 p.m. Remembrances may be made to Community Hospice, Inc., 601 McHenry Avenue, Modesto or the American Legion, Modesto Post #74, 1001 S. Santa Cruz, Modesto, Ca. 95353.


Frederick A. Serral, 84, of Old Indian Trail, died Saturday [August 19, 2006].

Mr. Serral was president of The Austin Co. from March 1980 until July 1989, and later served as chairman of the executive committee.

He was born in Ambler, Pa., on April 30, 1922. After graduation from Ambler High School in 1940, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps.

During World War II, he was part of an elite group of Marines known as "Edson's Raiders" who were lightly armed and trained to "hit and run." He was later part of the 5th Marine Division.

Mr. Serral saw action on Tulagi, Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, Tarawa and other areas of fierce fighting in the Pacific, later serving as a repatriation officer in Japan after the war's end. He completed his service career in 1946 and was discharged as a staff sergeant.

Because of his war-time friendship with Robert C. Austin, he visited Greeneville in 1947 and decided to stay and attend Tusculum College, working at The Austin Co. during the burley tobacco season. He eventually became a buyer for the company. Later, he was vice president in charge of the company's Far Eastern operation before being named president in 1980.

Mr. Serral was a longtime member of Asbury United Methodist Church and a charter member of Link Hills Country Club.

"He was a very generous man who supported local and national causes that he believed in," his family noted.

"Freddie, as he was known to his friends and family, loved music and enjoyed dancing, singing, and playing his harmonica, which he usually carried in his pocket. He always enjoyed the company of fellow Marines," the family stated.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years: Barbara Elliott Serral; a daughter: Amie Serral Moyer and her husband, Andrew, of Dallas, Texas; two sons: Fred H. Serral of Ravenel, S.C., and Elliott A. Serral of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; four grandchildren: Betsy Serral and Lilli Serral, both of Hilton Head, S.C., and Drew Moyer and Will Moyer, both of Dallas; a sister: Tessa Capitano; several nieces and nephews, including a special niece: Sylvia Grella of Landsdale, Pa.; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was a son of the late Anthony and Lydia Saylor Serral and was preceded in death by a sister: Elizabeth Niblock.

There will be no formal visitation. A celebration of Mr. Serral's life will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon in the sanctuary of Asbury UM Church. Friends are invited to greet the family in the fellowship hall of the church following the service.

Interment in GreeneLawn Memory Gardens will be private. The Rev. Julian Walton and the Rev. Brad Hyde will officiate.

Honorary pallbearers will be Hans Andersen, Frank Jennings, Harro Kirchoff, Sam Calvert, Nat Coleman, Wylie Milligan, Tom Austin, Bud Inman, Stan Puckett, Steve Ottinger, and special caregivers: Dr. Thomas Beckner, Dr. Mandeep Bakshi, and the nurses and staff of Laughlin Memorial Hospital and Laughlin Healthcare Center.

Doughty-Stevens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the renovation fund or the organ fund at Asbury UM Church, or to the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 998, Quantico, VA 22134-0998.


George J. Setescak, age 85, a longtime Redding resident, died Monday, February 11, 2008 at Ashlar of Newtown after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was the beloved husband of Lucille Greene Setescak for 61 years. Born in Jersey City, he was the son of the late Andrew and Anna Setescak. Mr. Setescak served six and a half years in the U.S. Marine Corps. He helped form the first Marine Raider Battalion under Colonel Edson and later joined the Second Marine Raiders under Colonel Carlson. His unit received two citations, one from President Roosevelt and one from General Major Vandergrift for the unit's consummate skill displayed in the conduct of operation, and the stamina and fortitude displayed at Midway Island. After the Marine Corps, Mr. Setescak worked numerous tough and interesting jobs as a longshoreman, digging the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, and announced later he wanted to be an Aeronautical Engineer. He received an Associate’s degree from Stewart Institute of Aeronautics. He graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. in three years and was hired immediately by Sikorsky Aircraft and was employed for 36 years as a weight engineer. He received many honors for his work. He also engaged in ballroom dancing with his lovely wife for many years. Survivors in addition to his wife include his sons, Jeffrey and Scott; his daughter, June; his sister, Mary; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Three brothers and a sister predeceased him. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. directly in St. Patrick's Church, 169 Black Rock Turnpike, Redding with a Mass of Christian Burial. Interment with full military honors will follow in Redding Ridge Cemetery. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements by the Redgate-Hennessy Funeral Home, Main Street and Gorham Place, Trumbull.


Charles Russell Sewell, 90, of Glendale, Arizona passed away December 16, 2003. Charles joined the Marines in 1937. He served in WWII and was very highly decorated. He was in the Marines for 30 years and retired in 1967 as a Master Sergeant. He married his beautiful, wife, Patty, on February 21, 1942. They enjoyed a wonderful life together. They especially enjoyed traveling and spending time with their many friends. After his retirement from the Marines he worked for Raytheon, general Dynamics and Rockwell International. In his early retirement years he kept busy with many hobbies such as ham radio operation, jewelry making, and learning to play the organ. He was a member of Point Loma Masonic Lodge #620 F&AM in San Diego, CA. Charlie was a gentle giant who touched the lives of all who came in contact with him. He spread joy and laughter and love throughout his life. Though he had no children of his own, his kindness and wonderful smile was a magnet to all children and became a surrogate grandpa to all his special little friends. He is survived by his sister, Grace Maxine Tucker, his niece and nephew, Linda Aymon and David Tucker and his very special "granddaughter", Tara Babcock. There will be a memorial service Friday, December 19, 2003 at 4:00 PM at Heritage Funeral Chapel, 6830 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria. Interment will be held at a later date at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego, CA with full military honors.


Harry R. Seymer, age 79, passed away on Tuesday, December 28, 1999 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rhinelander, WI, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on August 5, 1920 in the Township of Caledonia, the son of Dr. Harry F. and Alma (Matthes) Seymer. Harry was raised on the family homestead in Oak Creek and graduated from South Milwaukee High School with the Class of 1938. He then attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering where he earned a degree in electrical engineering before entering the service. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and proudly served in World War II with the 1st Division of Edson's Raiders stationed in the South Pacific. A highly decorated Veteran, Harry was seriously wounded in combat during the battle of New Georgia and returned to the states. On December 11, 1943, he was united in marriage to Dorothy B. Lynch at St. John's Lutheran Church in Oak Creek and together they celebrated their 50th anniversary in 1993. Harry was employed for a number of years as a draftsman with the Heil Co. until passing his civil service test. For 27 years, he worked for the Department of Defense as a contract administrator until his retirement in 1976. While living in Milwaukee and raising his family, Harry was very active with the Boy Scouts of America. He was a cubmaster, scoutmaster, and explorer advisor and served in other capacities for over 20 years. Harry was a member of Jackson Park Ev. Lutheran Church where he was council president, treasurer, usher, and always a volunteer when help was needed. Upon his retirement, Harry and Dorothy had their lake home built where they have resided ever since. In his retirement, Harry traveled extensively throughout the states. For many years, he spent time with fellow Marines at Quantico, Virginia for their annual reunion where Harry presided over ceremonies as Marine Corps Chaplain for Edson's Raiders. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post #10284 in Three Lakes, a life member of the National Rifle Association, and past member of the Three Lakes Lions Club. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Three Lakes. Harry was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He will be dearly missed and in our hearts forever. Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Dorothy; his three children; Sandra (Frank) BIrr, Two Rivers; Harry M. Seymer, III (fiancé Amy Stevens), Three Lakes; Mark D. (Laura) Seymer, New London; eight grandchildren; Christopher (Rachelle) Andersen, Jennifer Andersen, Harry L. Seymer, IV (special friend Jessica Jones), Cassie Seymer, Sara Seymer, Josie Seymer, Alicia Birr, and Marc Birr; and great-grandchild Skye Seymer; his sister Luelle Hovie, West Allis and her family; Kim Hovie, Guy Hovie, Ned (Ellen) Hovie and cousin Russell (Judy) Matthes, South Milwaukee. He is further survived by other relatives and many friends. Preceding him in death were his parents and two brothers-in-law; Everett Hovie and Edwin Lynch. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 2, 2000 at the Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River with Rev. William J. Trosien officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 4:00 P.M. until the hour of services. Funeral services in Milwaukee will be held at 7:00 P.M. on Monday, January 3, 2000 at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 5050 W. Vliet St. with Rev. Fred Thomas-Breitfeld officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 4:00 P.M. until the hour of services. Interment with full military rites will be held in Arlington Park Cemetery in Milwaukee on Tuesday, January 4, 2000.


Norman Robert Shampansky "Bob", age 86, of North Wilmington, DE, passed away on Sunday, March 15, 2009. He was the husband of the late Helen Hitchens Shampansky.

Born in Lock Haven, PA, Bob was the son of the late Marty and Edith Zimmerman Shampansky. He was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Marines and a member of the Elks Lock Haven Lodge. He was employed by Sears on Market St. for 22 years as a salesman. He then joined his wife working at the Campus Casino Bar and Grill in Chester, PA.

Bob is survived by his son, Wayne Aston and his wife Bernadette; sister, Phyllis Cohen; grandchildren, Staci Trimarco and her husband Richard, Wayne R. Aston and his wife Kelley, Charles Smutz and his wife Laura, Laurel Steinberg and her husband Jeffrey, Daniel Smutz and his wife Karen; 9 great-grandchildren.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral service at 11 am, on Thursday, March 19, at Beeson Funeral Home, 412 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington, DE 19809. The viewing will start at 10 am in the funeral home prior to the service. Interment will be at Lawn Croft Cemetery, Linwood, PA.

Beeson Funeral Home of Wilmington, "A Grieco Family Funeral Home" 302-453-1900


Ralph F. Shawlee, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 1999.

Mass of Christian burial was held in December. Burial was in New Auburn Cemetery with military honors.

Shawlee was born Jan. 29, 1921, in Havre, to Jim and Rose Shawlee. He grew up in Havre. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1942, and became a member of the famed Carlson's Raiders. With the Raiders, he participated in the battles of Midway, Guadalcanal and Bougainville. With the Fifth Marine Division, he took part in the battle of Iwo Jima. He witnessed the flag raising on Mount Suribachi. He was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation during his service in the Solomon Islands and the Purple Heart for wounds received in action on Iwo Jima.

He graduated from the University of Denver, and spent the greater part of his career as financial management officer for NASA at Ames Research Center in Sunnyvale, Calif. He moved to Auburn, Calif., in 1990.

Survivors include his wife, the former Jean Smithson of Hogeland; sons, Mike Shawlee of Santa Rosa, Calif., Rick Shawlee of Los Gatos, Calif.; a daughter, Randi Alonzo of Meadow Vista, Calif.; brothers, Hal Shawlee of Los Angeles, Calif., and Keith (Noel) Shawlee of Bellevue, Wash.; and six grandchildren.


SHEEHAN William J., 90, of Monroe Township, died Friday, March 18, 2011, at Meadow Lakes Center in Hightstown. Born April 30, 1920, William owned his own construction company, Sheehan Construction and was a Tax Assessor for the Borough of Emerson and several other NJ municipalities. Mr. Sheehan was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the famed 1st Marine Raider Battalion. He was wounded in the battle of Guadalcanal for which he received a Purple Heart. He was a member of American Legion Post 266 in Emerson and was a long time member of the Church of the Assumption in Emerson where he was active in the Holy Name Society. He was proud of the fact that his hobbies were his grandchildren and a home in Roscoe, NY. Surviving is his wife of 62 years, Mae C Sheehan, five children, Carolyn A Sheehan, Hamilton; Patricia E Bentley, Haddonfield; Kathleen M Sheehan-Fiorillo, Skillman; William K Sheehan, Richmond VA; and Nancy M. Sheehan, Cranbury. William is also survived by five grandchildren, Jean Bentley, Ann Bentley, Matthew Fiorillo, Gabrielle Fiorillo, Sophia Sheehan and one step-grandson, Jordan Thompson. Mass of Christian Burial will take place 9:30 AM, on Tuesday at Nativity of Our Lord R.C. Church, 185 Applegarth Road, Monroe Twp. NJ 08831. Burial with full military honors will be held at Brig. General William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, at the convenience of the family. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Barlow & Zimmer Funeral Home, 202 Stockton Street, Hightstown.


Homer Woody Warren Sherwood, 80, of Medford, died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002 at Three Fountains Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Medford. No service is planned. Inurnment will be at Eagle Point National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Marine Raider Association, c/o Jack Dornan, 704 Cooper Court, Arlington, TX 76011.

He was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Hallam, Neb., to Herman and Viola Sherwood. On Sept. 26, 1967, in Las Vegas, he married Ruth Jean Peterson, who survives. They moved to the Rogue Valley in 1978 from Inglewood, Calif.

Mr. Sherwood was an engineer and the director of quality control for Northrop in Hawthorne, Calif., for 29 years.

He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1940 to 1946.

Mr. Sherwood was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Steelhead Post in Shady Cove, Hawthorne Masonic Lodge F.M. and A.M. in Hawthorne, Calif., and was past president of the Marine Raider Association.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three sons, Neil Skip Sherwood, Hawthorne, Calif., Edward Roberts, Eagle Point, and Scott Roberts, Gardena, Calif.; a daughter, Nancy Purnell, Medford; three brothers, Barton, Houston, Roland, Wheatland, Wyo., and Jim, Newberg; three sisters, Ruth Robbins, Wheatland, Wyo., Betty Carey, Lander, Wyo., and Shirley Harrison, Hudson, Colo.; and nine grandchildren.

Arrangements: Hillcrest Memorial Park, Medford.


Martin L. Shifflett, 48, of 814 Muhlenberg St., died [November 1966] in the Reading Hospital, where he had been a patient since Nov. 13. Born in Bunker Hill, W. Va., he was a son of the late Ephriam and Mary (Clift) Shifflet. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, he was employed for 15 years at the Parish Pressed Steel Division of the Dana Corp. A member of the East End Athletic Assn., he is survived by his widow, Ardelle M (Deisher) Shifflett; two sons, martin L. Jr., and Jerry R., and a daughter, Sharon A. all at home. Four sisters; Anna may, wife of Richard Grey, and Fern L., wife of Richard Krzak, both of Reading; Dorothy E. wife of Charles Sheetz, Lebanon, and Edith V., wife of jerry Musser, San Antonio, Texas and two brothers, Charles W. Birdsboro and Robert F. Graterford, Montgomery County. Services will be held tomorrow at 11 a.m. in the Cramp Funeral Home, the Rev. Lester C. Updegrove officiating.


Lester E. Shirley, aged 89 was called home to his lord to join his beloved wife of 67 years, Lillian on Sunday December 11, 2011. He was preceded in death by Lillian, his parents Jack and Leona Shirley and his sister Juanita Carter. He was a Marine who proudly served his country in the Pacific Front as a member of Roosevelt's Raiders. He was a charter member of VFW Post 4149 in Midland. He was a faithful, active member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church since 1954. He worked as a refrigeration and microwave repair technician at Merriman Appliance for 20 years. He and Lillian loved to fish and camp out in their R.V. and wintered in Arizona for many years. He was a loving, exceptional father and wonderful granddad and great-grandfather called "Pa-Pa" much loved by all. He is survived by his daughters Linda James and husband Gary of Adrian Texas, daughter Evelyn and Charlie Corbett of Big Spring, Texas; four grandchildren, Mike James of Sydney Australia, Thomas James and wife Charla of Amarillo, Texas, Buddy Chancellor of Bemidji, Minnesota, Dawn Blashill of Minnesota; 4 great-grandchildren David, Kendra and Derrick Vigil of Minnesota, Kolby Chancellor of Colorado; and four great-great-grandchildren Elizabeth, Serinity and Jeremia Vigil of Minnesota and Chloe James of Amarillo, Texas. The family request memorials be made to Hospice of Midland (P.O. Box 2621, Midland, Texas 79702) or to the charity of your choice in his name. Graveside service will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at 2:00pm at Resthaven Memorial Park. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2011 from 6-8 p.m. at Ellis Funeral Home.


Mr. Sihler, 89, of Freehold, died May 12, 2010, at CentraState Medical Center, Freehold Township. He fought for his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of the Marine Raiders, an elite World War II unit, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart for his courage during the Battle of Okinawa. He was predeceased by his wife, Jane, in 2005. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Ann Jaedicke of Fairfax, Va.; and three daughters and a son-in-law, Gail Fivek of Brick, Nancy and Dr. Wayne Muck of Millstone, and Lorane Stitcher of Howell. A funeral service was held at the Freeman Funeral Home, Freehold, followed by interment at Maplewood Cemetery, Freehold Township. Memorial donations may be made to the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, 141 Bodman Place, Red Bank, NJ 07701-9978.


George A. Simmons, 76, of Windsor, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, February 16, 2000 in the presence of his loving family. He was a loving, wonderful, caring husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed. George was born in Windsor, August 31, 1923, son of the late James and Veronica Simmons. He was a Marine Corps Veteran of World War II, attaining the rank of corporal. He was assigned to "Edson's Raiders" and saw action at Guadalcanal and was awarded the Purple Heart. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 4740 and the American Legion Post No. 0200. He was a contractor/builder in the Windsor area for many years and was a member of the Church of the Living God. In addition to his loving wife, Gloria (Lanz) Schambach Simmons, he leaves his children and their spouses, George and Sandra Simmons of Newington; Hunter and Sarah Simmons of Tolland; Sandra (Simmons) Carlin of New Britain; John Carlin of Newington; Darleen and Alan Humphries of Vernon; JodiAnn and Tyler Champ of Manchester; Jeffrey and Lisa Schambach of Vernon; and Douglas and Donna Schambach of Port Richey, FL; his sisters. Augusta Zalenski of Windsor; and Ida Durkee of New Jersey; his grandchildren, Taylor, Thomas and Ryan Simmons, John, Matthew and Melissa Carlin, Bridgette and Bryce Humphries, and Brett, Brandon and Cassandra Schambach; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Sanford. Memorial services will be held Saturday, Feb.19, 3 p.m. in the Church of the Living God, with the Rev. David W. Mullen, officiating. Burial will be private in St. Joseph Cemetery, Windsor. There are no calling hours. In the interest of furthering medical science, George requested that his remains be donated to the UCONN Health Center. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Church of the Living God Building Fund, 199 Deming St., Manchester, CT 06040 or to American Heart Assoc., 5 Brookside Dr., Wallingford, CT 06492-7522.


George Preston Simon Jr., 92, a former resident of Perry County for 35 years and currently of Chapel Pointe, Carlisle, PA died on Monday, October 24, 2011 in the Carlisle Regional Medical Center. He was born on April 14, 1919 in Mt. Jewett, PA (McKean County) to the late George P. and Bertha Rathburn Simon.

George retired from the Mechanicsburg Naval Ship Parts Control Center. He was a WWII Marine Corps Veteran, earning the rank of Sergeant and served in the First Marine Raider Battalion in the Pacific Theater. He was a life member of the Edson's Raiders Association and belonged to the New Bloomfield VFW Post # 7463 and the Newport American Legion Post #177. George had a love for cars, especially the Pontiac, and took pride in caring for his own cars.

He was a dog lover of the Golden Retriever.

George is survived by his loving wife, Kathryn P. McCurdy Simon with whom he would have celebrated their 53rd year of marriage this December; two daughters, Carrie P. Simon Kuhn and her husband Darren of Lewisberry, PA and Joan Simon Smith of Beaverton, Oregon; a son, Robert Simon of Oregon; and three grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Karen I. and Donna K. Simon; two brothers, James (Jim) and Kenneth Simon; and three sisters, Hazel, Sarah (Sally) and Daisy.

A Memorial Service to Celebrate George's life will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Chapel Pointe at Carlisle, 770 S. Hanover St., Carlisle, PA. Officiating will be the Rev. Walter L. Frankenberry. Interment will be held in the Dillsburg Cemetery (Mountain Road) with Military Honors being provided by the Cumberland County Honor Guard. The family will receive relatives and friends at the Chapel on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. till time of services.

Memorial contributions may be made to the New Bloomfield United Methodist Church (formerly Keboch U.M.C.), P.O. Box 96, New Bloomfield, PA 17068. Arrangements are being handled by the Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., 501 N. Baltimore Ave., Mt. Holly Springs, PA 17065.


TALIQUE, N.M.—Robert Bisbee Simpson, 85, died November 30, 2005, at his home in Talique, N.M. He was born in Boston, Mass., in 1920, the son of Carrie and Arthur Simpson. During World War II, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, joined the elite Raider Battalion and served in the South Pacific where he received a Purple Heart.

Following the war, he earned an Associate degree in animal husbandry from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture in Massachusetts.

He married Evelyn Biggar of Sussex, New Brunswick, in 1947. In 1950, they purchased a farm on Peth Road in Braintree. During this time, the farm and its technology was expanded to include a new barn and milking parlor. He was constantly striving to improve the land, and in 1966 was honored with an Outstanding Conservation Farmer award.

He also served as a Vermont State Representative and Senator in the 1960s and 1970s. In 1971, his son, Bob, took over the farm while he moved into equipment sales and management, working at Airport Tractors, before relocating to New Mexico, where he also worked in sales and management positions in farm, industrial, and heavy equipment companies.

In 1973, he married Mary Lou Waite. In his leisure time, he enjoyed horseback riding, sailing, and building. He was always active, and in his retirement years he enjoyed gardening, building furniture, and making improvements around his property.

He was predeceased by his parents and one brother.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Lou; his sister, Dorothy Saylor of Surprise, Ariz.; four children, Judy Schneider of Middletown, Mass., Bob and Gary Simpson, both of Braintree, and David Simpson of Topsham, Maine; and two step-children, Debbie Spencer of Glendale, Ariz., and Bruce Simpson of Kittitas, Wash. He is also survived by many grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held later in the spring.


SINGER, Theodore (Ted) Brinkmier, 86, died at home on February 4, 2010.

He was born February 1, 1924 in Wheeling, WV to John and Mary (Brinkmier) Singer, and had a sister, Sister Mary Daniel, SSJ (Sylvia).

Ted worked for 80 years of his life. He began selling newspapers on the street corner at the age of 5. Later on, he worked on a farm, at a photography studio, and in construction. He worked until he became ill at the age of 85. He could also play most musical instruments, and he sang professionally—he even performed for President Truman.

As soon as Ted turned 18, he joined the Marines and fought with the Raider Battalion in the South Pacific during WWII, where he was repeatedly decorated for bravery in combat and was wounded at Guadalcanal. He subsequently joined the Army, where he worked in counter-intelligence (Ted spoke three languages). He then worked for the U.S. government as a GS 13. After he retired, he was the first person in Texas to be a Certified Computer Security Specialist and had his own business with clients such as Westinghouse.

In his later years, Ted volunteered (and was later employed by) the San Antonio Zoo and, finally, for almost 20 years, he worked in animal care at Sea World of San Antonio. He volunteered his time and money for many charities. He worked with the Boy Scouts in several countries for many years, was a dedicated member of the Catholic Church, a volunteer fire fighter, and a 10 Diamond Paul Harris Fellow with the Rotary Club.

Ted was married to his beloved Ruth (McCoid) in 1944 until her death in 2000. They also leave 6 children: Dolores Howley, Johnette Singer Williams, Patricia Livermore, John Singer, Sue Singer andVicki Singer. They also leave 14 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 6-8 pm, Wednesday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff Street, Wheeling, where a vigil service will be held at 3:30 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am, Thursday, February 11, 2010 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wheeling, with the Rev. Daniel Pisano as celebrant. Interment will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Wheeling.


Lewis W. "Jerry" Sitton, 87, of Oroville, peacefully passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2009 in Oroville, California. He was born on November 5, 1921, in Chico, California.

Jerry attended Chico schools and was studying to enter the medical field when our country entered World War II. Like so many others of his generation, he put his personal plans on hold to serve his country. He joined the U.S. Navy as a pharmacist's mate and later volunteered to serve as a medic for the 4th Battalion Marine Raiders in the Pacific Theater. Jerry received a Purple Heart and a Silver Star as well as many other medals. Upon returning from duty, Jerry came home to California and entered the grocery business. He loved camping, fishing, travel, and just going for a drive. He retired in 1977 so that he could spend more time traveling with the love of his life, Wanda.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Wanda Sitton; daughter, Marycarol Sitton-Deane; and son, Mitch Sitton. He is also survived by his stepchildren, Juniel Worthington, Ray Owens, Dennis Owens, Les Owens, Wes Owens, and Denise Rouse; as well as his nephew, "Little" Jerry Sitton. He loved all of his kids and was a proud grandfather and great-grandfather.

Respecting his wishes, there will be no services for him, but he will remain in our hearts until we meet again.


ROBERT WILKINSON SKINNER III '34, of Lancaster, Pa., died March 17 [1999]. He was a general surgeon in Lancaster for 37 years, a staff surgeon at St. Joseph's Hospital, and a past president of the Lancaster City and County Medical Society. For his service as a battalion surgeon with the First Marine Raider Battalion, known as Edson's Raiders, in Tulagi-Guadalcanal in 1942, he received the Navy Cross, Purple Heart, Defense Medal with Clasp, and Presidential Citation with Star. He leaves a daughter, Judith Huyett, and two sons, Frederick and Robert '63; his wife, Edith (Parkhurst), died in 1986.


Douglas resident Martin John Skrzynski, 65, a commercial fisherman, died March 14 [1990] at Humana Hospital Alaska.

Mr. Skrzynski was born April 5, 1924, in Chicago. He had served in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, he and his father bought a farm in Wayland, Mich. He had also worked as a tuna fisherman off the coast of Chile. In 1951, he moved to Alaska. He had shares in the plywood plant in Juneau which he helped to build. The family made the following statement: "He enjoyed studying the stock market, reading and had dabbled in mining."

He is survived by his wife, Jessie, of Douglas; his sons, Michael, Mark and David, all of Juneau, and James, of Daytona Beach, Fla.; his daughters, Stasza and Carol Ann, both of Juneau, and Susan, of Santa Cruz, Calif.; his mother, Stella, of Chicago; his sisters, Florence Rak and Virginia Golonka, of Chicago, and Clara Naybar, of Hillsdale, Ill.; his grandson, Justin Churchill, of Wrangell; and his granddaughters, Sherice , of Juneau, and Aszli , of Daytona Beach. His cremated remains will be scattered on the Taku River later this year. Arrangements were by Kehl's Forest Lawn Mortuary and Crematory.


MADISON- Francis Joseph "Joe" Sladky, age 83, passed away on Thursday, July 6, 2006, at the UW Hospital in Madison due to complications associated with cancer. Joe was born in Racine on May 2, 1923, the son of Frank E. and Rose G. (Broecker) Sladky. Following high school, he served in World War II as a member of Carlson's 2nd Marine Raider Battalion, an elite, special ops unit of the Marine Corps. He fought in such storied Marine battles as Tarawa, Midway, and Guadalcanal. After WWII, Joe attended the UW-La Crosse, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Science and Physical Education and, more importantly, met and married Jacqueline "Jody" Thomas in 1947. He continued his education at the UW-Madison, earning a degree in Physical Therapy. Joe and Jody eventually settled in Milwaukee, where they lived from 1963 through 1990. During his career as a Physical Therapist, a profession he truly loved, he helped many people ranging from those affected by polio to star athletes. Joe was widely admired for his thoughtfulness and generosity, always finding time to give, especially to young people. A host of high school athletes at the University School of Milwaukee will remember "Doc" who voluntarily ministered to their injuries for more than a decade. In addition to his work, Joe was an accomplished jazz drummer, and played bass drum with the Billy Mitchell Scottish Pipe and Drum Band of Milwaukee for many years. After retirement, Joe and Jody resided in Whidbey Island, Washington, and in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, returning to Madison in 2004. Siesta Key, Florida was his favorite winter escape. Joe will be remembered as a generous man with a big heart, sly smile and positive word for everyone. He is survived by Jacqueline, his loving wife of 58 years; his children: John (Mary) Sladky of Atlanta, Mary (Fred) Struthers of Furlong, Pennsylvania, Eric (Judi) Sladky of Whidbey Island, Washington, and Kurt (Debbie Neff) Sladky of Madison; 8 grandchildren: Graham, Alex, Christa, William, Kristoffer, Karsten, Sam and Jake; a brother, James (Mary) Sladky of Waterford; a sister, Mary (James) Knauf of Chilton; brothers-in-law, John (Barbara) Thomas of Indianapolis and Tom Thomas of Minneapolis; a sister-in-law Carmen Bey of Owatonna, Minnesota; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother, John (Carol) Sladky of Racine, and his brother-in-law Ken Bey of Owatonna, Minnesota. A family gathering to celebrate his life will be held in the future. In keeping with his generous spirit, his family suggests that contributions in his name be made to the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys For Tots Program, or the American Physical Therapy Association, Foundation for Physical Therapy. He will be greatly missed. Semper Fi. Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road, Madison 608.238.3434


Mr. William Sloan Jr., 84, of Eolia, MO, passed away at 9:35 p.m. on Friday, February 29, 2008 at Lincoln County Nursing and Rehab in Troy, MO. He was born on Dec. 1, 1923 in Crocker, MO to William and Maude (Nigh) Sloan Sr. William grew up in Crocker along with his brother, Robert J. Sloan. At the age of 19 he was called to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps during WWII. He served from Sept. 1942 until Jan. 1946 and was a Corporal for the Mortar Squad. He participated in action in Guadalcanal, Guam, and Okinawa. He received a Purple Heart. Following his first hitch in service, he married Ruby Towns on March 5, 1946 in St. Charles, MO. They were blessed with three daughters: Barbara, Janet and Wendy. He worked as a mechanic until he once again entered the military. This time he served in the Korean War as a Corporal from Feb. 12, 1950 until June 15, 1951. Once again, he was a mortar specialist squad leader in South and Central Korea. He was also qualified as an aircraft engine mechanic. William received a Good Conduct Medal, Korean Service Medal and Purple Heart. Mr. Sloan served as 1st Commander of VFW Post No. 4539 in Eolia and had been a member of Operating Engineers Local 513 for 30+ years. He had been an avid fisherman and loved to go fishing with his special friend, Jack Van Dyke. William had been a loving husband and father who cared deeply about his family.

Surviving are his loving daughter, Wendy Sloan of Eolia; and his grandson James Morgan; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruby; and a daughter; Janet Morgan and brother; Robert Sloan. William will be sadly missed and long remembered by all those who knew and loved him.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 11 a.m. at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home in Troy, MO. Officiating was Rev. Milton Schaper. Interment followed at National Cemetery, Jefferson Barracks, MO with full military honors. Visitation was Thursday, March 6, 2008 from 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. at the McCoy-Blossom Funeral Home in Troy, MO 63379.

Memorials may be made to All Paws Rescue, c/o the funeral home.


Michael C. Slobodrian, 85, of Villas, July 8, 2006. He was a veteran of World War II, and a life member of the VFW.


CHENEY - Slusser, Max E., 87, left on his final trip to be with the Lord September 24, 2010. Preceded in death by his wife, June; granddaughter, Emily Slusser; parents, Lewis and Dorothy Slusser, and all of his brothers and sisters. He is survived by his six children, Phyllis Slusser, Donnis Crane, Tom Slusser, Lonetta Bartell, Marla and Steve Seachris, Rusty and Donna Slusser; 14 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild. Max was a WWII veteran, 36-year Boeing employee, and a devoted father and Papa. His travels across the United States were a highlight of his retirement years. He loved high school sports, especially basketball, and could be found at almost all of his grandchildren's sporting events, plays, and musical performances. He loved his heritage and his growing up days in Oklahoma and Kansas small towns alongside the railroad. Moved to Cheney, Kansas, in 1937 where he lived out his remaining years. We all will miss his story telling, poems and songs and his sense of humor. Memorial has been established with the Cheney HS club in memory of Max. Visitation Monday, Sept. 27, 2010 at the funeral home 10 a.m.-8 p.m. with family present 7-8 p.m. to greet friends. Celebration of life services will be on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, 10 a.m. at the Trinity United Christian Church, both in Cheney, Kansas.


WINSTON-SALEM - Mr. Norwood Otis Smith, 73, died Thursday night, Feb. 5, 1998, at Forsyth Memorial Hospital.

Born May 6, 1924, in Timmonsville, S.C., he was the husband of the late Mrs. Bea Smith, and the son of Mr. George Smith and Mrs. Alice Smith. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and was retired from Western Electric. He was a member of Crestwood Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday school teacher, choir member and was a former deacon.

Survivors include a son, Mr. George V. Smith of Lexington; a daughter, Mrs. Ed (Theresa S.) Hooks of Mebane; three sisters, Mrs. Albert (Janie) Butner, Mrs. George (Maxine) Brannock, and Mrs. Norman (Polly) Smoot, all of Winston-Salem; a brother, Mr. George Smith of Winston-Salem; and five grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Ms. Jessie Burcham; and a brother, Mr. Harold Smith.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Crestwood Baptist Church by the Rev. Todd Holt.

The family will be at Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel from 7 to 9 this evening.

Memorials may be made to Crestwood Baptist Church Building Fund, 530 Motor Road, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27105.


FALLBROOK ---- Odell H. "Smitty" Smith, 83, died Saturday, Jan. 22, 2005.

Born Nov. 6, 1921, in Butler, Texas, he lived in Fallbrook for 50 years. He owned an air conditioning and refrigeration business for 15 years and Vista Pipes and Tobacco for eight years. He worked for Tri-City Medical Center as a plant engineer for 25 years. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps with the 1st Raider Battalion in the South Pacific during World War II and the Korean War. He was a member of the Marine Raider Association, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924, the American Legion Post 776 in Fallbrook; and the Christ the King Lutheran Church in Fallbrook. He was a past member of the Masonic Order in Texas. He enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Smith, in 2000. He is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, Kathy and Duane Saunders of Fallbrook and Linda Corn of Vista; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service with military honors is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924, 1175 Old Stage Road in Fallbrook with the Rev. Phil Tukua officiating. Burial was at Riverside National Cemetery.

The family suggests donations to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1924, P.O. Box 194, Fallbrook, CA 92088.

Berry-Bell & Hall Fallbrook Mortuary is handling arrangements.


Robert Prime Smith, formerly of Marin County, passed away May 14, 2003. Bob Smith was a retired Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corps., 4th Raider Battalion; he received a Purple Heart on the Island of Palau during WWII and a Bronze Star. Bob Smith was born in North Dakota, grew up in Berkeley CA, and moved to Marin County after WWII. He lived in Coos Bay for the past 12 years where he was an active member of the community. He was an avid nature lover and conservationist. Loving father of Scott Smith, Colin Smith and Carrie Caminiti. Brother to Barbara Alarie, Edith Villers, John Phillip Smith, and Steven Herbert Smith. Husband to Alice Smith (deceased). Loving grandfather of Jennifer and Sarah Smith, Lisa, Olivia and Jenna Wise, Devon and Tanner Smith. Beloved father-in-law to Lynne Smith and Sheila Smith. Myrtle Grove Funeral Service, Coos Bay, OR, 541-269-2851.


Thad "Carrol" Smith passed away on Friday, April 25, 2008 at home with his loving family at his bedside. He was also known to family and friends as Pappa, Gramps, Grandpa, T.C. Carrol and Honey.

Carrol was born in Wannette, Oklahoma on July 17, 1922, to Thad and Dora Smith. He attended school in Collinsville, Oklahoma. He joined the U.S. Marines in 1942 and served in the Pacific during WWII. He met and married the love of his life, Helen Addy on April 5, 1945. Carrol worked for Chevron in the oil fields for 26 years in Avenal, Coalinga and Huntington Beach, retiring in Lemoore in 1973. He loved to go RVing with family and friends and the "Happy Campers" group. He got to make the trip of his dreams to Alaska with his wife and son in his motor home two years ago.

He is survived by Helen, his wife of 63 years; daughter, Beverly Johnson; son, Thad Jr; two grandsons, Thomas Donnell and wife Janet and Bryan Johnson; five granddaughters, Jennifer Molina and husband Edgar, Brandy Rodriquez and husband Inez, Serena Walker and husband Bob, Terrie Blanton and Carrie Smith, nine great-grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren and two special nieces. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn LeBaron.

His family loved him very much and he will be missed.

We would like to thank Dr. Michael Moffett and Hanford Adventist Hospice, especially Ralfi, Christine and John for the care they gave him.

A Celebration of His Life will be held Saturday, May 10 at 4 p.m. at Jack Stone's Barn in Lemoore.

Arrangements are under the direction of People's Funeral Chapel in Hanford.


SPAHR Edward Louis Sr., joined the love of his life and wife of 57 years, Mary Ellen, in eternal peace on July 18, 2007. He was 85 and devoted father of Barbara McNamee (John), Susan Folkman (Gary), Edward L. Spahr, Jr., Deborah Spahr, Theresa Spahr Nelson (Patrick), and Paul Spahr (Kit), loving grandfather of 18, and great-grandfather of 21. He was a proud Marine and WWII veteran with the 1st Marine Raider Battalion in the South Pacific and a dedicated employee of P&G for 36 years. Anyone who met Ed and Mary knew they were two special people who belonged together. Visitation is at St Gabriel Church, Glendale, Saturday, July 21 from 9-10 A.M.; Mass of Eternal Rest at 10 A.M., followed by a gravesite service at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Montgomery, and a celebration of Ed's life at St. Gabriel's church hall (where Ed and Mary celebrated their 50th anniversary). Friends may attend any or all of the services or meet at the church hall Noon-4 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to: Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. Box 633597, Cinti. 45263; St. Gabriel's Church, 48 W Sharon Ave, 45246; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1893, Memphis, TN 38101.


SPAULDING, Roger Carl, 90, born April 18, 1921, passed over into the joy of his Lord Sunday, May 29, 2011.

He is the husband of Helen Spaulding for 63 years, and beloved father of three children, Pamela, Kathy and Gregory. These three survive as well as six grandchildren, Annie, her husband, Maj. Lawrence Bradley Green, and their children, Scout, Colter and Bridger; Joshua Roger Spaulding; Megan and her husband, Kris DiMercurio, and their children, Urijah and Giana; Izaak Spaulding; Lauren and her husband, Jamie Beckley, and their children, Ava Grace and James Jr.; and Alicia Crouch. Also, Roger's two nieces, Jane Waggoner (husband, Tom) and Judy Jurisic (husband, Jeff); and a nephew, Floyd Barker (wife, Patti), mourn his passing.

During World War II, Roger served for the duration in the Marine Raiders in the Pacific. Wounded in action, he completed his service by taking his men into Tokyo, Japan, before peace was signed to knock out the guns surrounding Tokyo Bay that could endanger the ship, Missouri, when she came in for the signing of a peace treaty ending the war. As a farmer in Southern Indiana, he raised cattle, grain and a family with three children.

In his fifties, Roger opened a new chapter in his life when he and his wife served in the mission field for Christ approximately 10 years. He had a big heart, enjoying serving the Lord in several countries including Liberia in the Peace Corps, three years in Costa Rica and three years in Khabarovsk, Far East Russia. He is loved by his family and those who knew him, including friends from the countries where they served. He was proud of his country, the U.S. Marine Corps and enjoyed the opportunity to show the world the truth of Christ. He will be greatly missed.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 4, at First United Methodist Church in Spring Hill, Fla. Following the service, there will be a luncheon in the Fellowship Hall. Later, a graveside service will take place at Vernon Cemetery in Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to The Mission Society at First United Methodist Church, Spring Hill. Brewer & Sons Funeral Home (352) 596-4991


Born July 31, 1921, he died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001. He was 80 and a native of Laurel, Miss. Visiting at Welsh Funeral Home chapel from 10 a.m. until religious services at 2 p.m. Friday, conducted by the Rev. Jim Spencer. Interment in Roselawn Memorial Park.

Survived by his wife, Helen Nalley Spencer; three sons, R. Wilson and wife Mary Lou Spencer, Richard T. and wife Patricia Spencer, and Gene A. and wife Philomena Spencer; two granddaughters, Michelle Ridge and Lori Lopez of California; a grandson, Mathew Patrick Spencer of Virginia; five great-grandchildren, Patrick, Ashley and Gary Ridge and Jessica and Alyssa Lopez; and two sisters-in-law, Ollie Spencer and Delaney Nalley. Preceded in death by his parents, T.D. Spencer and Mary Lou Robison Spencer; and three brothers, Tom, Talmadge and W.E. Spencer.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and was personally chosen by Col. James Roosevelt to be a member of his personal battalion, the Marine Raiders, operating in the South Pacific. He had a very distinguished career, being wounded twice in making six opposed landings against defended beaches. He was noted as a superior riflesmith, an accomplished maker of Indian arrowheads and for his work in developing an Indian village site in eastern Texas, which he donated to the Texas University, known as the Spencer Site. He was employed at the Exxon plant in Baton Rouge for 30 years, having retired due to a disability relating to wounds received in action against the Japanese.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Baton Rouge.


Russell Spetnagel, Jr., 79, of Chillicothe, passed from this life Sunday evening, April 11, 2004, at his residence following an extended illness. He was born Sept. 17, 1924, in Ross County, the son of Russell J. and Ina Janette Fogel Spetnagel. On April 8, 1975, he married Eileen Hatfield, who survives.

Also surviving is a daughter and son-in-law, Thressa and Ronny French, Chillicothe; sons and daughters-in-law, Ted and Martha Spetnagel, of Waverly, David and Shari Spetnagel, of Frankfort, and Dennis and Sue Spetnagel, of Chillicothe; a step-daughter and stepson-in-law, Randy and Cathy Hurtt, of Chillicothe, and a stepson, Mike Hummel, of Chillicothe; grandchildren, Wesley and Tammy Tull and Lauren Spetnagel, step-grandchildren, Allen Richmond, Rhonda Wilson, Tony and Megan Clary and Michael Hurtt; a great-grandchild, Bethany Tull; step-great-grandchildren, Ryan Wilson, Amber Wilson and Amanda Wilson; sisters and brothers-in-law, Bonnie and Harmon Jobe and Eleanor and Doug Richards, all of Chillicothe; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wayne and Mavis Spetnagel and Paul and Garnet Spetnagel, all of Chillicothe, and Joseph and Shirley Spetnagel, Surprise, AZ; and a sister-in-law, Helen Spetnagel, of Richmond Dale. His parents, brothers, Donald and Max Spetnagel, and a half-sister and a half-brother preceded him in death.

Mr. Spetnagel was an employee of Mead Paper, with more than 30 years of service, retiring in 1984. He was a WW II veteran, serving in the United States Marine Corps, and was a member of American Legion Post 62, Amvets Post 4, and the F.O.E.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 15, 2004, in Fawcett Oliver Glass and Palmer Funeral Home, with Rev. Mark Clendaniel officiating. Burial will follow in Floral Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Adena Health System, 111 W. Water St., Chillicothe, OH 45601.


Richard J. "Dick" Staihr, 86, of Nevada, Mo., passed away Monday, September 29, 2008, at Christian Health Care, Nevada, Mo., following a brief illness. He was born November 8, 1921, in Kansas City, Mo., to Joseph Bernard Staihr and Claire Margaret Gillen Staihr.

Mr. Staihr was raised in Independence, Mo., and graduated from William Chrisman High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Marine Raider during WW II in the South Pacific. Following his time in the service, he made his living in a variety of pursuits including hydraulic engineering as well as sales. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion. He was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Nevada, Mo. He was an avid golfer and also an avid square and ballroom dancer.

Survivors include two sons, Richard P. Staihr, Grandview, Mo., and Brian K. Staihr, Kansas City, Mo.; two daughters, Sharon S. Jackson, Charlotte, N.C., and Julie Niggebrugge, Manchester, Conn.; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren; one sister, Roberta Taylor, Independence, Mo., and one brother, J.B. Staihr, Lee's Summit, Mo.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, October 3, 2008, at Ferry Funeral Home, Nevada, Mo., with Father Justin Hoye officiating.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Friday afternoon from 1 to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

The family suggests that memorials may be made in his honor to the charity of the donor's choice in care of Ferry Funeral Home, 301 S. Washington, Nevada, MO 64772.


Daniel (Dan) Starck of Fairfield Glade, formerly of Deerfield, IL, passed away March 26, 2005 in Florida surrounded by family. His memorial service was held at St. Francis of Assisi Church on April 2, 2005. The Rev. Greg Neuzil officiated with Deacon Mark Fredrick assisting. Burial was in the church columbarium.

Mr. Starck was born in Chicago, IL, on March 18, 1927, the son of the late Walter and Margaret Starck.

He attended the University of Arizona in Tucson where he majored in business. He was the president of Local 189, SEIU, in Chicago where he also served on the board of the Union Health Center, the Union Eye Clinic and as a member of the Union/Employers Health and Welfare board. He was a member of St. Francis Church.

In Fairfield Glade he was a member of the Friendly Foes Golf League and co-founder of the Tee-timers Golf Group. He also founded the Peleliu Survivors Marine Corps group that has met annually for 20 years nationwide. He was a history buff, enjoyed theater, nature, reading and was probably happiest when "planning the next trip" as travel was very important to him. He thoroughly relished his life in the Glade and the family time he spent in the home he built on Moccasin Lake, WI.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Polly; sons, the Honorable Christopher C. Starck (Laura) and Peter D. Starck (Beth); daughter, Laurie Sirus (Rick); and seven grandchildren. His brothers, Marce, Ralph and Walter, predeceased him. His sister, Dorsey Johnson of Cherry Hills, CO and Maui, HI, survives.

Mr. Starck was a warm, loving and loyal husband, father and friend and will be deeply missed. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Cumberland County.


John " Jack on the Rock " Starofsky, Sr., age 79, of Moline passed away Thursday, January 26, 2006 at his home. Visitation will be Monday, January 30, 2006 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. at Esterdahl Mortuary & Crematory, Ltd. 6601-38th Avenue, Moline. Memorials may be made to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.

Jack was born March 18, 1926 in Moline, the son of John and Margaret Starofsky. Jack was employed in sales with the Singer Co. and also with several auto dealerships in the Quad City area. He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1942 and served in the elite group known as the Marine Raiders on Okinawa and other Pacific Islands during World War II. He married Beverly Dye in 1948 in Milan and together they raised seven children.

Those who will hold Jack's memory in their hearts forever are his wife, Bev and children Mary (John) Graff, TN; Betty Diehl, Moline; John Jr. (Linda), Davenport; Ruth (Richard) Renshaw, WA; David (Lynn), Moline; Christine (William) Sokil, Moline; and Richard G. (April), Moline. Jack's younger brother, Richard (Marilyn) resides in Moline as does his surviving cousin, Verna Trevor. He will be missed by his sixteen grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.


Samuel E. Stavisky, 93, a Washington Post newsman who became a Marine Corps combat correspondent in World War II and later founded his own public relations firm, died Sept. 21 [2008] at Suburban Hospital after a heart attack.

Nine years ago, a decade after he retired, Mr. Stavisky published "Marine Combat Correspondent: World War II in the Pacific," which retold the story of the small group of Marine writers in the Solomon Islands during some of the fiercest battles in the Pacific.

Mr. Stavisky, who had worked at the Washington Post as a reporter and assistant city editor starting in 1938, hadn't planned to enlist until Brig. Gen. Robert L. Denig, head of the Marine's public affairs office, came up with the idea of fighting journalists.

"Unable to see well without spectacles jammed to my nose, I hadn't even considered trying to enlist with the Marines," Mr. Stavisky wrote in his 1999 book.

"What little I knew about the Marine Corps, from a rare movie or magazine," he added, "had made it obvious to me that the sharpshooting amphibious branch of the armed forces would have nothing to do with an applicant whose shooting skill was limited to shooting the breeze and whose killer instinct was limited to hammering the typewriter keys."

Carrying both a military-issue rifle and a typewriter, "Denig's Demons" fought first and wrote later. Mr. Stavisky's stories from Guadalcanal included a first-person tale of fighting as a tail gunner on a bombing mission and a report on how Marine Corps tank companies destroyed Japanese machine gun nests.

His biggest story, he said, was the first interview with Capt. Joe Foss, the pilot whose 26 personal downings of enemy aircraft in World War II made him the second-ranking Marine Corps ace of the war.

The article was killed by a military censor, "as if the Japanese didn't know they had lost those 26 planes," Mr. Stavisky groused.

When he returned to the newspaper after the war, he covered the adjustment problems of veterans and the labor movement before switching to editorial writing. He also wrote a column, "People in the News."

In 1954, he started a Washington-based public relations firm, Stavisky & Associates, which operated until 1989. On behalf of a client, he played a key role in getting congressional support for an international coffee agreement, which for more than 25 years stabilized the price of coffee coming from Latin America and Africa.

Samuel Elliot Stavisky was born in Chelsea, Mass., and worked at the Boston American newspaper while attending Boston University. After graduation, he worked at the Rochester (N.Y.) Journal and the Washington Herald before joining The Post in 1938. One of his first stories was a full-page piece on the 50,000 to 250,000 jobless who flooded into Washington during the Great Depression.

He told the E-Street Club, a group of old-time Post employees, about Halloween night in 1938 when Orson Welles broadcast "War of the Worlds," a science fiction story of invading aliens.

"We were sitting around the City Desk as usual, discussing world affairs," Mr. Stavisky told the group, according to its minutes. "Suddenly the phones began ringing like mad. It seems the aliens had landed in New York. No, they landed in New Jersey. No, they landed in Norfolk. No, it's down in Miami."

The front page of the next day's paper carried a story, by another reporter, with the headline: "Monsters of Mars on a Meteor Stampede Radiotic America."

He was a member of the National Press Club, the Public Relations Society of America, the Edgemoor Tennis Club and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Bernice Stavisky of Washington; two daughters, Robin Stavisky of Palo Alto, Calif., and Judy Stavisky of Wyncote, Pa.; and a grandson.


Racine- Vincent W. Stellman, 80, passed away at his home on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 following a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma. A lifetime resident, Vince was born in Racine on May 4, 1926 to the late William and Elizabeth (nee: Brisko) Stellman. On May 5, 1951 he was united in marriage with Martha Collins. Vince was very proud of his record in the United States Marine Corps, enlisting at the age of 16, to serve in WWII from 1943 until 1946; and in the Korean Conflict from 1951 until 1952, serving with honor, reached the rank of S/SGT with the following awards: Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V for Valor; U.S. Marine Good Conduct Medal; American Theater and Asiatic with 4 Battle Stars; WWII Victory; National Defense Medals and Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 Stars; Combat Action, Presidential Unit and Navy Unit Citations and Philippine Presidential Unit Citation; and Expert Rifleman and Sharpshooter Awards. Vince was a longtime member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. He was employed by SC Johnson Wax for 33 years, retiring in 1982. Vince also operated his welding business until 2003. He was also a member of the SC Johnson 20 Year Club, the Agerholm-Gross Marine Corps League, the U.S. Marine Raider Assn., and is the current President of the Racine Boxing Club, Inc., a position he has held since 1978. Among his interests, Vince enjoyed fishing, financial investing, history, boxing, physical fitness, was an accomplished metal artist, enjoyed being at his summer home in Bailey’s Harbor, WI with Marti and their family; and visiting with his daughters in Taos, NM, Argyle, TX and in Racine. Surviving are his loving wife, Marti; daughters, Paula (Blaine) Ashley of Racine; Marsha (Dan) Lizdas of Taos, N.M.; and Jill (Terry) Greene of Argyle, TX; grandchildren, Heather (Randy) Jarstad of Racine; Nicole Lester of Texas; Katie Ashley of Racine; Vinni Aude of Taos, N.M.; great-grandson, Lukas Jarstad of Racine; brother, Daniel (LaMae) Stellman of LaPuente, CA; sister-in-law, VerdaBelle Stellman of Anaheim Hills, CA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Vince was preceded in death by his brother, Adolph Edward Stellman. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 3:00 pm in St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Military honors will follow. Visitation will be in the church on Thursday from 1-3 pm. A reception at Infusino Banquet Hall will follow the services. In memory of Vince, memorials to St. Lucy School or St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested. A special note of thanks to Dr. Gullberg, Dr. Puffer and Dr. Short; the fine staff at Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Center; loyal coach, Joe Singh; and good friend, Capt. Jack Shannon, USMC. Semper Fidelis.


Herschel D. Sterling, 84, of Melbourne, Florida, died Saturday, June 28, 2008. He was born in Tampa, Florida and was a World War II veteran, where he fought in Guadalcanal as part of the 1st Marine Raider Battalion, the "Edson’s Raiders." He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Sterling; sons, Michael, Steven and Doug; daughter, Pattra; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Lynda. A memorial service was held at the Brownlie-Maxwell Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, 705 Blake Ave, Bldg D, Cocoa, FL 32922.


John Lee "Jack" Sterling, 81, of Pompano Beach FL, former resident of West Bloomfield, MI passed away November 21, 2001. He is survived by his beloved wife Dolores Wilson Sterling, his daughters Nancy Sterling of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Alexis Sterling Popovich (Michael) of Tucson, AZ, and his grandchildren Douglas and Jeffrey Popovich of San Diego, CA and Michelle Popovich Bonjour (Brian) of Stevenson Ranch, CA. Jack was born in Greenwich, CT on June 26, 1920, attended Dartmouth College and served with the elite Marine Raiders in WWII. He was awarded the Silver Star and two Purple Hearts, attaining the rank of Major. Beloved husband, father and grandfather, his devotion to his family and community will be deeply missed. As an advertising representative, Jack was active in the Detroit area in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Organization, Kirk in the Hills Church and several local charities. A memorial service was held at Community Presbyterian Church in Pompano Beach, FL. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his honor be made to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, to which he devoted much service. Semper Fidelis.


Palmer resident, Marcus J. Sternhagen, 74, died June 6, 1999, at Our House Care Home in Palmer, after a lengthy illness. Visitation and Rosary was June 10, 1999, at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Palmer. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated by Father Luke Steiner at 2 p.m., June 11, 1999, at St. Michaels Catholic Church. Interment will be at Glasgow Highland Cemetery, Glasgow, Mont.

Sternhagen was born Aug. 13, 1924, in Opheim Valley, Mont., to Joseph P. and Mary C. (Carignan) Sternhagen. He was a U.S. Marine Raider from 1942-1945. He attended Princeton University and later graduated from the University of Montana, in Missoula, Mont.

He moved to Alaska in 1979 to be closer to his brother, Dr. Charles Sternhagen. He spent most of his life training dogs and hunting. As a professional dog trainer he won many American Kennel Club Field Trials with those dogs. Recently, he had been a Eucharistic Minister for St. Michaels Catholic Church in Palmer and active in the prison ministries. He was also an active member of the Knights of Columbus and involved with the local Senior Centers.

According to his family, "Marc was a beloved father, grandfather and friend. Marc always was more concerned with others health and well being than his own. He was a very proud 15-year member of Alcoholics Anonymous."

Sternhagen is survived by his two daughters, Alexandra, of Salida, Colo. and Kelsey Ann, of Palmer; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother, William G. Sternhagen, of Helena, Mont.; and sisters Mary Farrell, of Spokane, Wash. and Rita Frey, of Aberdeen, Wash. and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by four sons and two brothers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be sent to St. Michaels Catholic Church, 432 E. Fireweed Avenue, Palmer, Alaska 99645.

Arrangements for the family were made by Kehl's Palmer Mortuary.


1st Sgt. Frank H. "Pete" Stevens Jr., 78, of Milton, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2002, at Beebe Medical Center, Lewes.

Mr. Stevens was born in Chester, Pa., the son of the late Frank H. and Anna Balfour Stevens. His family moved to Wilmington and then to Lewes in 1931, where he graduated from Lewes High School and entered the U.S. Marine Corps. While in the Corps, Sgt. Stevens participated in the Solomon Islands Campaign at Guadalcanal in 1942, receiving a medal for bravery on Tulagi Island. He stayed in the Corps for 26 years, retiring in 1967. During his term in the Corps he also served during the Korean Conflict, Vietnam Conflict and Lebanon civil war of 1957.

He and his family moved to Houston, Texas for the next 22 years and then back to the Lewes-Milton area in 1989. Sgt. Lewis was a 32nd degree Mason with the Jefferson Lodge 15 in Lewes and the Consistory. He was also a member of the Arabia Temple Shriners in Houston and a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Missouri City, Texas. He was also a life member of the Edson Raiders, 1st Marine Raider Brigade and the Marine Corps League of Long Neck and Lewes American Legion Post 18.

He is survived by his wife, Gladys H. B. "Hilly" Stevens of Milton; a daughter, Anna Stevens of Houston; a son, Paul Stevens of New Braunfels, Texas; a daughter, Melody Stevens-Kent; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one great-grandson; and one great-grandchild on the way. His first wife, Lela Marie Hutto Stevens, died in 1984.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 16, at Lewes Presbyterian Church, Kings Highway, with the Rev. Harry Hughes officiating. Burial with full Marine honors will be held in Houston National Cemetery, in Texas at 11 a.m., Friday, Feb. 22.

Contributions are suggested to the local Marine Corps League chapter. Arrangements were made by Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Lewes.


U.S.M.C. Retired Norman Stevenson, 93, a resident of the Pines, died Saturday [March 22, 2008] at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Norman was born in Savannah, Ga., to the late Walter and Essie Stevenson. He was retired from 25 years of service to his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and with 20 years as a civil servant from Seymour Johnson AFB. Norman was a member of Freedom Baptist Church and the National Association of Federal Retirees. He served his country during World War II and the Korean Conflict and was instrumental in establishing the N.C. Marine Corps League and was a past commandant.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Freedom Baptist Church with the Rev. David Jackson officiating. Burial will follow in Willow Dale Cemetery with military honors.

Norman is survived by his wife, Grace Stevenson; his sons, Norman Wilbert Stevenson of Georgia, Carl R. Stevenson and wife, Paula, of Indian Beach, Dale Stevenson and wife, Lois, of North Oaks, Minn.; his daughters, Dr. Linda S. Budd and husband, Dr. Jeff Budd, of St. Paul, Minn., Donna Louise Stevenson of Savannah, Ga.; and six grandchildren, Kelly, Heather, Kimberly, Brian, Sean and Cynthia; and six great-grandchildren, Jacob, Mark, Olivia, Jacquelyn, Ryan and Cody.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Louise Howell Stevenson.

Memorials may be made in Norman's memory to Bethesda Home for Boys in which he grew up, 9520 Ferguson Ave., Savannah, Ga. 31406 or to Freedom Baptist Church, 300 Country Day Road, Goldsboro, N.C. 27530.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Seymour Funeral Home.


STEWARD--Pfc. Gerald, age 20 years. Killed at Guam, July 25, 1944. 132 N. 40th St., Council Bluffs, Ia. Survived by father, Arlie Steward, Council Bluffs, Ia.; Ethel B. Kotroczo, Omaha; 3 brothers, S1/c Arlin, San Francisco, Cal.; S1/c Robert, San Diego, Cal.; Eugene of Council Bluffs, Ia; 1 sister, Mrs. Arlene Burns, Highland, Cal.; 2 step-brothers, Daniel Linehan, Council Bluffs; Cpl. Thomas Linehan, Fort Knox; step-mother, Mrs. Adeline Steward, Council Bluffs, Ia.

Funeral Monday, John A. Gentleman Mortuary. 10:30 a.m. Interment, West Lawn Cemetery.


William Jerome Stewart, part of "the Greatest Generation", died June 7, 2008, doing what he loved to do, trout fishing at Slagles Trout Club, in Cadillac, Michigan. Born March 8, 1920, to the late Raymond and Nina Stewart of Toledo, Ohio, Bill graduated from DeVilbiss High School in 1938. He excelled as student council president, a star of track and football and as an honor student. Bill graduated from the then Toledo University in 1942 with a BS in Pre Med. He enlisted in the USMC and was sent to Parris Island, SC where he completed officers training at Quantico, VA, as a Second Lt. USMC. He then attended Jungle Warfare School at Camp Elliot, San Diego, California.

He married Virginia Mae Walton who preceded him in death and she has been missed every day since her death in 2006. Knowing he could be shipped out to war at any time, Ginnie traveled cross country by herself to marry her Bill on May 8, 1943. They had 2 wonderful weeks before he was selected to become part of the 2nd Marine Raiders Battalion training in Noumea, New Caledonia. He was in the South Pacific 28 months, participating in 3 major battles-Bougainville, Guam and Okinawa as a combat platoon leader. He was wounded on Bougainville, receiving a Purple Heart and decorated for battle action at Sugar Loaf Hill, Okinawa, with a Bronze Star.

He entered OSU College of Dentistry in 1946 graduating in 1950. Bill practiced dentistry in Toledo for 41 years, retiring in 1991. He was president of the Toledo Dental Society in 1958 and remained active for his entire career, joining his son-in-law J. Eric Hires, DDS in his practice before retiring.

Bill was an avid outdoorsman. He had such respect for, and knowledge about, everything in the world around him...and he taught his children and grandchildren to love nature as he did. He was also an accomplished hunter, fisherman, and birdwatcher...he was a friend and mentor to several generations and will be remembered for his knowledge, his honesty, courage, quick wit and his passion for life.

He enjoyed his memberships at Beaver Lake Bow Hunters Club, Adams Conservation Club, The Toledo Naturalists Association, the Toledo Dental Society and the Marine Raiders Association.

Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; son, Thomas Walton Stewart; sister, Virginia Hooper; sister, Nina Jane Mikesell and best friend, Robert Morgan, DDS.

Missing him always will be his daughter, Diane Stewart Hires of Sylvania, Ohio; granddaughters, Jennifer (David) Briggs and Samantha (Ahren) Schultheis; special nephews, Dan (Joan) Mikesell of Perrysburg, Ohio and Jim (Connie) Mikesell of Rossford, Ohio; nephew, Stewart Stimson, DDS, of Tyler, Texas; niece, Anne (Andrew) Lucas of Chicago, Illinois; great-grand-children, Samantha, Zoe, and Bode Briggs, and Addison Schultheis; friend and former son-in-law, J. Eric "Rick" Hires, DDS; and friends, Karen, Bob, Jeff and Allison Knowles.

Bill and our family will always be grateful for the extra love and support of Pat and Ann Hylant, Don and Sally Atkinson, Cindy Baker, Bob and Carol Esplin, Bette and Mike Grotke, Sally and Ed Lee, Bob and Emily Bennett, Judy Lyons, neighbors and friends: Mike and Teena Taylor and John and Jan Pfeiffer, DDS.

Bill's family will receive friends on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.) where a Marine Corps service will take place at 6:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, tributes may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.


HEATH, Texas — Neil P. Stiles, 86, of Heath and formerly of Sheridan died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007.

Mr. Stiles was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II. He also served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He retired as a Marine sergeant major.

He was born Aug. 16, 1921, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of David Edgar and Ella Louise (Billman) Stiles.

His wife, Naoma (Presley) Stiles, survives him.

Mr. Stiles was a member of First United Methodist Church in Heath.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Sam Stiles of Norwood, Pa., and Jerry Stiles of West Brookfield, Mass.; a daughter, Cristina Stiles of Dallas; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a grandson.

Services were Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Heath. Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crown View Cemetery in Sheridan. The Rev. Neil Johnson will officiate.

Kercheval Funeral Home in Sheridan are handling arrangements


Buell A. St. John, 73, Wisteria Road, Daytona Beach, died Saturday, Nov. 6 [1993]. Mr. St. John was a retired electronic technician for RCA, Cape Canaveral. Born in Sipsey, Ala., he moved to Central Florida in 1956. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Haddon, N.J.; the Shrine Club, Collingwood, N.J.; Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3282, Port Orange. He was a member of Tomoka Gem and Mineral Club, Canaveral Gem and Mineral Club, Orlando Gem and Mineral Club, Central Brevard Gem and Mineral Club and the Florida Society of Goldsmiths. He was a World War II Navy Air Corps veteran. Survivors: wife, June; daughter, Gail Diccicco, Seminole; brothers, Orrin, Bill, both of Montgomery, Ala., three grandchildren; one great-grandchild. Dale Woodward Funeral Home, Holly Hill.


Marine Corps word that Pfc. Merle J. Stowe has been killed in action [July 21, 1944] has been received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John B. Stowe, 1563 North Nineteenth Street.

He had been in the South Pacific nearly a year, took part in action on New Guinea and at Saipan. Twenty years old, he attended Central Grade School and Tech High School.


Funeral services for Pfc. Merle John Stowe, 20, will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Brailey & Dorrance Mortuary.

Private Stowe was killed July 26, 1944, while serving with the Fourth Marines, first Divisional [Provisional] Brigade in Guam. In the South Pacific for nearly a year, he served at New Guinea and Saipan.

Before entering the service he attended Central Grade School and Tech High School.

Surviving are a son, Larry John, Great Falls, Mont.; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stowe, 1563 North Nineteenth Street; sister, Luan Pospichal, Omaha.

Graveside services will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery.


FAIRLEE - Harold L. St. Peter, 81, died June 22, 2004, at Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction.

He was born April 30, 1923, in Carthage, N.Y., the son of Joseph and Ethel (Lewis) St. Peter.

He attended school in Harrisville, N.Y.

He married Dorothy Ellis on July 24, 1942, in North Quincy, Mass.

Mr. St. Peter established White River Structural Steel, which he operated for many years. After moving to Fairlee in 1976, he founded Ely Door Co. in 1981 which he operated until retiring in 2002.

He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran serving during World War II in the South Pacific as a Marine Raider.

He was a member of United Brethren F&AM Lodge 21 in White River Junction and the Mount Sinai Shrine in Montpelier, and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars 2571 in White River Junction.

Mr. St. Peter enjoyed hunting, fishing and painting.

Survivors include his wife of Fairlee; two sons, Paul St. Peter of Fairlee and H. Bruce St. Peter of Grantham, N.H.; two brothers, Robert St. Peter of Belmont, N.H., and Delano St. Peter of Loon Lake, Wash.; a sister, Kathleen St. Peter of Pennsylvania; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Earl, Neil and Maitland St. Peter.

The graveside service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Game, P.O. Box 820, Lebanon, N.H., 03766.

Arrangements are under the direction of the direction of the Knight Funeral Home in White River Junction.


Arthur Stradtner of Glen Head, died on Feb. 4, 2007. He was a veteran of WWII serving with the United States Marine Corps. Husband of Rosalie (nee Capobianco). Brother of Ronald (Ellie) Stradtner and brother-in-law of the late Dan Capobianco. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made by the Whitting Funeral Home, Glen Head. Funeral Mass at St. Mary's RC Church, Roslyn. Interment private.


GILLESPIE — Irving T. Stratton, 56, was pronounced dead on arrival at 5 p.m. Saturday [March 4, 1978] at Staunton Community Memorial Hospital after an auto accident on Rte. 4.

Born in Carlinville, he was a communications specialist with Illinois Bell Telephone Co.

Surviving are his wife, the former Betty Bechdoldt; three sons, John with the Army in Germany, and Robert and Thomas, both of Gillespie; a daughter, Terri Turner of Eldred; four grandchildren; and a sister, Ella Stratton of Wood River.

Visitation will be after 5 p.m. today at Union Funeral Home were services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday with the Rev. Glenn Creek officiating.

Burial will be in Gillespie City Cemetery.


Jim Strawbridge 87, beloved husband, uncle and veteran, passed away peacefully on May 30, 2009. He was born in Pensacola, May 3, 1922, and remained a lifelong Pensacola resident. He is survived by his wife, Johnnie Merle (Whitehead) Strawbridge.

Jim was employed for 35 years as a U.S. Postal Service employee and retired in 1976. Upon retirement, he was never idle and pursued a variety of hobbies. An avid gardener, Jim was renowned for his bountiful vegetable patches and was always quick to share that bounty with friends and relatives. He was an avid bass fisherman and for many years provided professional fishing guide service on the Apalachicola River. Jim's favorite pastime, however, was traveling the United States with his wife Johnnie in their motor home. Amassing hundreds of thousands of driving miles over some 30+ years, they visited many friends and saw many wondrous sights from coast to coast. Jim's tales of their travels were always interesting and his memory of the details of those travels was phenomenal. One of Jim's lifetime achievements and the one of which he was most proud was his Marine Corps service in WWII as a member of the 4th Marine Raider Battalion under the command of Lt. Col. Evans Carlson. Known as "Carlson's Raiders", this elite combat unit participated in numerous campaigns in the Pacific theater including the occupation of Guam, Emirau Island and Enogai, New Georgia Island. Jim was awarded The Unit Letter of Commendation, Asiatic Pacific Area Ribbon with 4 stars and The Honorable Service Lapel Button for his service. Post-war, Jim remained active in the Marine Raider Association and attended many of the annual reunions over the years. Jim was a testament to the motto; "Once a Marine, Always a Marine". SEMPER FI, Jim, you will truly be missed.

Visitation will be held from 11am until 12:15pm on Thursday, June 4, 2009 at Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel with services beginning at 12:15pm with Dr. Barry Howard officiating. Burial will follow at Barrancas National Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church, ROC Fund, 500 N. Palafox Street, Pensacola, FL 32501.

Harper-Morris Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Martin E. Strocchio, age 86, Chicago, IL, March 9, 2007. Beloved husband for 63 years of Marian, Nee Brandt; loving father of Marty and the late Fred Strocchio; cherished grandfather of Fred's sons, Ricky and Brett Strocchio, and Marty's son, Michael Gentile; dear brother of Millie (late Harry) Furlong and the late Frank and Edward Strocchio; fond uncle and great-uncle of many nieces and nephews. Funeral Tuesday, 8:45 a.m., from Egan Funeral Home, 3700 W. 63rd St., to St. Gall Church, Mass 9:30 a.m. Interment St. Mary Cemetery. Visitation Monday, 2 to 9 p.m. Mr. Strocchio was a WWII USMC Veteran. 773-582-200


JOSHUA — Funeral services for Raymond M. Strohmeyer, 87, of Joshua, Texas, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 4, 2011, in Rosser Funeral Home Chapel with Darrell Morgan Jr., Jarrod Pace and Jordan Pace officiating.

Burial will follow at Greenacres Memorial Park.

A visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, March 3, 2011, at Rosser Funeral Home.

Serving as pallbearers will be Mark Lain, Waymon Lain, Tony Strohmeyer, Jerry Strohmeyer, Larry Pace, Cody Ortiz, Darrell Morgan Sr. and George Williams.

Mr. Strohmeyer passed away Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at his home. He was born in White Deer, Texas, on April 3, 1923, the son of Margaret (Holler) and George A. Strohmeyer.

Raymond served his country in the United States Marines in the 2nd Marine Raiders Battalion during World War II where he was awarded The Purple Heart for wounds received during the battle of Okinawa, and served during the occupation on Tokyo.

He married Wanda Lee Strohmeyer on Sept. 21, 1946, in Dumas, Texas. Raymond and Wanda raised six children of their own and also opened their home to family and friends in times of need.

He was a member of Cleburne First Assembly of God Church.

Raymond was a retired brick mason.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Wanda; son, Jerry Claude Strohmeyer; grandson, Dustin Ray Morgan; six brothers; and two sisters.

Raymond is survived by his sons, Kenneth Strohmeyer of Joshua, Cary Strohmeyer and wife, Donna, of Stephenville; daughters, Kathy Young of Fort Worth, Karen Morgan and husband, Darrell Sr., of Alvord, Carlene Lain and husband, Waymon, of Cleburne, and Melinda Pace and husband, Larry, of Burleson; sister Marvis Hall of Landrum, S.C.; sister-in-law, Lovana LaFarnara and husband, Larry, of Venus; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030 or to Faith Field (for special needs children), 3000 N.W. Loop, Stephenville, TX 76401.

Rosser Funeral Home, 1664 W. Henderson St., Cleburne, TX 76033 817-641-4800


A memorial service for Carl W. Swann, 82, of Rolling Meadows, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 19 at the Community Church of Rolling Meadows, 2720 Kirchoff Road, Rolling Meadows. Born June 21, 1924, in Wichita, Kan., he died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2007, at home. Mr. Swann was a veteran of WWII, serving with the Marine Corps, Third Division, in the Pacific Theatre. He received a Purple Heart. He had worked as a lather for many years. He was a Pilgrim in the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge 376 in Morton Grove, a member of Local 74 Lathers Union, a member of the Marine Corps. League and at the Rolling Meadows Senior Center. He is preceded in death by his wife Patricia and sister Mary (Charles) Wilson. Mr. Swann is survived by his daughter Celeste (Larry) Kistler, grandchildren Diane Riggs and Molly Kistler, great-grandchild Makenzie Riggs, and brother Harold (Quanita) Swann. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Heartland Hospice, 220 North Smith St., Palatine, 60067. Funeral arrangements by Meadows Funeral Home.


John Morley Swanson Sr. died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease May 24, 2008. He was 91 years old. He lived a long and full life.

John was born to Arthur Alfred Swanson and Eva Geneva Morley in Superior, on Sept. 12, 1917. He was raised in Shell Lake with his brother, Kelley Swanson, who preceded John’s death, and a sister, Gloria Swanson, who lives in Washington, Mo. John was a member of the United States Marine Corps and a World War II veteran. He served his country as one of Carlson’s Raiders in the South Pacific. John looked forward to the Raider Reunions and was an active attendee until just a few years ago.

John married Grace Braid on March 5, 1944, in Rockford, Ill., and their union produced three children: John Morley Swanson Jr., Escondido, Calif., Wayne Arthur Swanson Sr., Menifee, Calif., and Mary Louise Stewart, Pembroke Pines, Fla. After the war, the family relocated to Southern California, living in Carson and Long Beach. John and Grace divorced in 1983. His children survive him, as well as their spouses Joanne, Becky and Peter, respectively. He is also survived by grandchildren John, Trisha and Stephan, Ross, Tara, Kim and Matthew; Michael, Wayne Jr., Jennifer, David, Brandon and Corey; and Lindsay; 15 great-grandchildren with another due in December; Noleen Allebaugh, his companion, friend, caretaker and sweetheart of many years, and her children, Bob, Ray and Margaret and their families.

John worked in the trades, primarily as a carpenter and electrician, practically from the time he could swing a hammer. After John retired, he and Noleen enjoyed gardening, traveling, hiking, nature walks, wood crafting and many other hobbies. They were regular visitors to Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm, the aquarium as well as many other local events, including the Long Beach Grand Prix. John and Noleen were never at a loss for things to do, and they were always busy or on the go.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. His children will bring his ashes to Shell Lake, as he so wanted to go back to Shell Lake and that was all he talked about in his final years. His children have fond memories of their childhood vacations in Shell Lake and say it will be good to take him home.


Joseph J. Sweeda, 79, of West Bergh Street, Hudson section of Plains Township, died Friday [January 4, 2002] in New Jersey.

Born in the Hudson section of Plains Township, he was a son of the late John and Anna (Nowak) Sweeda. He was a 1940 graduate of Plains Memorial High School, 1950 graduate of Mansfield University and received his master's of education degree from Alfred University, New York, in 1952. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps before World War II and was a Marine Corps veteran of World War II, serving with the First Marine Raider Battalion in the South Pacific. He was attached to the Amphibious Corps, serving under Col. Edson, and was on the first assaults of Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal. He received two Purple Hearts, among many other decorations and later was a drill instructor in Quantico, Va., until his discharge. He was a teacher for the New York State Reformatory, Elmira, N.Y., for over 25 years, until retiring. He was a member of St. Joseph Church, Hudson, and first president of the Hudson Servicemen's Association.

He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Jane McNeil; brother, Edward F.; and sister, Isabelle Yanaitis.

Surviving are his sisters, Sylvia Loferski, Providence, R.I.; and Irene Latosek, Kendall Park, N.J., with whom he resided; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday from the Mark V. Yanaitis Funeral Home, 55 Stark St., Plains Township, with a funeral Mass at Sacred Heart Church, Plains Township. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton, Kingston Township. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. Memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Church.


Col. John B. Sweeney, 90, USMC (ret.), of Durango, Colo., and formerly of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully Aug. 15, 2009, from natural causes, with family by his side. John was born in Columbus, Ohio, Dec. 2, 1918, to Mary Elizabeth Creenane and James Michael Sweeney. After graduating from Rosary High School, he went on to attend Xavier University in Cincinnati, where he played basketball and graduated in 1940 with a degree in economics, and went on to receive his masters degree in psychology at Ohio State University in 1952. John was commissioned as a second lieutenant in May 1941, at Quantico, Va. He volunteered for duty with then Lt. Col. Merritt A. Edson, "Red Mike," commanding officer, First Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, also located at Quantico. As a combat troop leader, John served under Edson's leadership in 1942 in the South Pacific in World War II. During that period, he played a key role in the seizure of both Tulagi Island and the seizure of Tasimboko Village on Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands. He was instrumental in defending the strategic airstrip, Henderson Field, on Guadalcanal by his heroic leadership during the epic battle of "Bloody Ridge" (now known and dedicated as "Edson's Ridge"). John, a 23-year-old commander of "B" Company, was awarded the prestigious Navy Cross for "extraordinary heroism." He was also awarded the Presidential Unit Citation, American Defense Service Medal, American Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. John married the love of his life, Helen (Amrhein) Sweeney, Sept. 28, 1946, at St. Gregory's Catholic Church, in Los Angeles. He was immediately assigned to the First Battalion, 5th Marines, from October 1946 to June 1947, where he received the Chinese Service Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with four bronze stars. In 1957, he served in the Korean Conflict, as the senior advisor to the Republic of Korea Marine Corps Schools. John had an illustrious and exemplary 26-year career in the Marines, culminating in Vietnam, where he served as chief of staff of 3rd Marine Division (1966-1967), in Phu Bai and Danang. He was awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat "V," the Cross of Gallantry with Palm from the Republic of Vietnam, as well as the Republic of Vietnam Service Medal with one star and the Campaign Medal with device. He retired June 1, 1967. John went on to have a second career as a college administrator, first in his hometown of Columbus at Ohio Dominican College and then 16 years as registrar at California State University at Fullerton. During this time, he served as chairman of the Planning Commission and was elected to the San Juan Capistrano City Council for two years. In 1985, after retiring from CSU, John and Helen took up golf and, in 1990, moved to the community of Sun City Summerlin, in Las Vegas, where they could pursue their passion for playing golf year round. They remained in Las Vegas for nearly 20 years. For the last 10 years, John and Helen were summer residents of Durango, playing golf at their favorite course, Hillcrest. They were married for 58 years before Helen passed away in January 2005. In May 2008, John moved to Durango until his passing. John has finished his last tour of duty here on Earth, where he served his country with honor, and we are so proud of his accomplishments. He was a special and loving father. He had a great sense of humor and knew no strangers. We will miss his ever-ready smile and that Irish twinkle in his blue eyes. He always lent a helping hand and looked out for the less fortunate, especially helping the children in the foster care system obtain a college education. He believed education to be the key to a successful and fulfilling life. He also had a passion for basketball, football and most definitely golf. John is survived by his daughters, Kate Sweeney of Durango, Kristine Sweeney (John Grau) of Bethesda, Md., and Helen Mary Sweeney of Garden Grove, Calif.; son, John Sweeney Jr., and his partner, Danielle Dalley and their daughter, Luna, all of Durango; and grandson, Brendan Sweeney Grau of Bethesda. A funeral Mass was held for John, Saturday, Aug. 22, at St. Columba Catholic Church in Durango. John's remains will be laid to rest, with full military honors, next to his beloved wife, Helen, at Arlington National Cemetery, at a later date. A memorial contribution may be made to Xavier University, Attn: Marsha Losito, 3800 Victory Parkway, ML7730, Cincinnati, OH 45207, or Ohio Dominican University, 1216 Sunbury Road, Columbus, OH 43219.


Charles E. Swift, 80, of West Bend, died Thursday, July 17, 2003 at the Samaritan Health Center, West Bend.

He was born on Dec. 4, 1922 in Springfield, Mo. to the late Charles and Villa Mae (nee Morris) Elvy.

He served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and then serviced in the United States Marine Corps during World War II as a member of the elite C Company First Platoon Fourth Marine Raiders. He was wounded several times and was the last surviving member of his platoon.

After his return from the war, he was united in marriage to Priscilla Wegner on Feb. 2, 1946 in Wood, Wis. He was employed at the Milwaukee Railroad and Phillips Tile Co. in Milwaukee for several years.

He then worked at the West Bend Company for 27 years, retiring in 1988.

He was an avid fisherman, gardener and reader.

He is survived by his wife, Priscilla; five children, Priscilla (Robert) Fitz of West Bend, James (Carol) of Allenton, Leslie (Mariheart) of Branson, Mo., Henrietta (Kurt) Schmid of West Bend and Rebecca (Clyde Stokes) Kurtz of Eldorado; 10 grandchilden 15 great grand-children; two sisters, Gereline Murphy of Desert Hot Springs, Calif. and Rebecca (Irvin) Jeffers of Huntington Beach, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Seramur of West Bend and Lowine Wegner of Pardeeville; a brother-in-law Fred (Joan) Wegner of Watertown; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a son, Danny Swift; a grandson, Cody; two great-grandsons, Daniel and Dalton; a sister, Bertha Wilkerson and a brother, Esco.

A memorial service will be held on Monday, July 21 at 7 p.m. at Myrhum-Patten Funeral & Cremation Service, West Bend.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Monday from 4 p.m. until the time of service.


David P. Taber, 87, of 7837 N. Main Street, Canastota, died peacefully at his home on Monday [May 16, 2005]. He had lived in Canastota all his life, attending the Canastota Schools. Dave was married to Janet Hood for 32 years. He was a well respected, self-employed crop farmer in Canastota for 40 years, retiring in 1983. Dave was a veteran of World War II, serving overseas in the Solomon Islands with the elite Edson Raiders of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a Purple Heart and Silver Star recipient. Dave was predeceased by a son, Lance M. Taber.

Survivors: one son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Rosemary Aubeuf of Holland Patent; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Penny Froelick of Utica, Ruth Taber and David Zogby of Clinton, and Melissa and Douglas Tuttle of Jupiter, FL; his longtime and special companion, Betty Avery of Canastota; his mother-in-law, Mabel Hood of Oneida; one sister-in-law, Josephine Taber of Oneida; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services with Military Honors will be held 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2005, at St. Agatha's Church, Canastota. Burial, St. Patrick's Cemetery, Oneida. All are invited to attend a luncheon for family and friends at St. Agatha's Center, following the services at the cemetery. Calling hours Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the J. Homer Ball Funeral Home, Inc., 201 James Street, Canastota.

Contributions: Greater Lenox Ambulance Service, Inc., PO Box 382, Canastota, NY 13032. J. Homer Ball Funeral Home, Inc. Canastota 697-2294


Gordon Tebo Sr, age 76, December 25, 1998. Beloved husband of the late Shirley. Dearest father of Gordon Jr. (Anita), Craig, Sheryl (Charles) Diez, Wayne (Diane), Brian (Rose) and Colleen. Also 16 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Brother of Gladys Barnes and Eugene Tebo. Step-brother of Louie, David and Edwin Wright. Visiting Sunday 3-9 and Monday Noon-9 with Vigil Service Monday 7 p.m. at the A. H. Peters Funeral Home 32000 Schoenherr at Masonic (13 Mile) in Warren. Instate Tuesday 10 a.m. at St. Martin DePorres Catholic Church, 31555 Hoover Rd., Warren until time of Mass 10:30 a.m. Contributions may be made to Hospice of Southeastern MI or Turning Point of Mt. Clemens.


John Patrick Tegge, 75, of Caldwell, died Thursday, February 10, 2000, in Hawaii. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, February 21, 2000, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Caldwell, under the direction of Flahiff Funeral Chapel, Caldwell. The family would like to invite friends to share stories at a reception following services.

John was born April 1, 1924, in Miles City, Montana, to Philomena G. Tegge and Randolf C. Tegge. "Pat," as most people called him, along with his mother and older brother, Bill, moved to Caldwell, Idaho, in 1930, and bought property at 3rd and Everett which remains in the family today. At the height of the Depression, work was hard to come by for a single mother and at a very young age the boys picked up anything they could sell in their little red wagon.

They would clean heads of lettuce that the grocer would throw out and sell it to the neighborhood ladies. During the cold winter mornings, Pat built the fire in the furnace at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Father Scallon would either be too cold or too warm. He cleaned toilets and spittoons at the taverns to provide for the family. His education started in Caldwell, then he attended Catholic grade school in Nampa and returned to Caldwell High School, graduating in 1943. In high school, he went to work for Clare Weeks at Quality Market.

On June 16, 1943, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. From a young age he enjoyed target practice with his rifle. Because of his marksman ability he was assigned to the special unit, Marine Raiders as a machine gunner. His unit was in the invasion of Guam, participated in action against the enemy at the consolidation of Northern Solomons, Emirau Island, St. Matthias Group and the Marianas Islands. Pat received an honorable discharge on November 8, 1945. He was proud to be a United States Marine.

He returned to Caldwell and worked at Quality Market. He met and married Irene Rinker and moved to Moscow, Idaho, to attend the University of Idaho. While at Moscow his wife returned to Caldwell, where his daughter Patricia was born. He started his career in heavy construction working with Morrison Knudsen and Henry J. Kaiser Construction Co. He worked on large projects such as the St. Lawrence Seaway, Bonneville Dam, The Dalles Dam, the John Day Dam and many large bridges, always returning to Caldwell between jobs.

In 1958, he was a candidate for Caldwell’s first full-time mayor. He was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Knights of Columbus and Elks Lodge, a forty-two year member of A.F.L. and C.I.O. United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

Pat worked on all the dams on the Columbia River making The Dalles, Oregon, his second home for 19 years, where he met and married Nadine Erickson. He finished his career working in Juneau, Alaska, returning to Caldwell to build their house on the property where he grew up, and started to enjoy retirement. Over the years he obtained private and commercial properties in Caldwell and Honolulu, Hawaii. The family would spend the winter months in Hawaii and summer months in Caldwell. He enjoyed working on antique cars and getting together with classmates and Marine Raiders for reunions. He served as president to the Model T Car Club and twice served as chairman for the 1943 Class Reunion.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Veterans.

Pat is survived by his wife, Nadine; daughter, Patricia Tullius; grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Lance R. Tullius, and John R. Tullius; step-children, Tom Gibbons, Debra Sawyer, Jody Martin and Dan Erickson; grandchildren, Erick Madsen, Monica Gibbons, Stacy Sawyer, Lisa Sawyer, Curtis Erickson and Benjamin Erickson.


Earl Walter "Terry" Terwilliger of Eugene died February 10 [2005] of age-related causes. He was 85. The graveside service was held March 3 in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

Terwilliger was born May 31, 1919, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., to Walter and Hattie Phillips Terwilliger. He married Esther Furst on Oct. 8, 1944, in San Diego.

He served in the Marines in the 3rd Marine Raiders. He served aboard the USS Arizona before its destruction at Pearl Harbor and participated in numerous battles in the Pacific. He was injured in battle and received the Purple Heart.

Terwilliger received a bachelor's degree in sociology at San Diego State College and worked as an adjudicator for the Social Security Administration. He had lived in Eugene for 28 years and previously lived in San Francisco, San Diego, Norwalk, Calif., and Half Moon Bay, Calif. He enjoyed riding a bicycle, feeding birds, taking automobile trips and playing pool.

Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Carole Meyers of Berkeley, Calif., Connie Smith of Nevada City, Calif., and Debbie Murray of El Cerrito, Calif.; a son, Donald of Fremont, Calif.; and four grandchildren.

Major Family Funeral Home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.


Alfred E. Thiel, age 78, of Clinton Township [July 15, 2000]. Husband of the late Ruth. Father of Jeffrey (Maribeth "Betsy"), Paul, Tim, Terri and Jan Thiel. Grandfather of Michael, Jenna, Justin and Carolyn. Brother of Annette Ratzel, Kenneth Thiel, Pat Balmes, Joan Singler, Marguerite Kalthoff and the late John Thiel.

Visitation in Will & Schwarzkoff Funeral Home 233 NB Gratiot, Mt. Clemens from 1-9 p.m. Tuesday. Funeral services will be held Wednesday. For funeral information call the funeral home at 810-468-4509. Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society of MI.


John D. Thomas, 83, of Paso Robles and formerly of Lodi, died Jan. 1 [2006] in his home. He was born Jun 26, 1922.

Mr. Thomas was raised in Lodi, where he graduated from Lodi High School. He also lived in Paso Robles for 50 years. He served in World War II as a Marine (Carlson's Raiders) at Iwo Jima, where he received a Bronze Star for his service. He was a member of Semper Fi and was the president of the Lion's Club in the 1960s. He was a member of the Elks Lodge and the American Legion. He owned and operated Mervilyn's Flower Shop. He is survived by his wife, Nell; sister, Marjorie; sons, Steve and Brent; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society. Kuehl-Nicolay Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Charles D. Thompson passed away on December 4, 2011 due to complications from an automobile accident. He was born on October 7, 1922 in Brockton, Mass. to Charles and Mabel Thompson. He served in the Marine Corps from 1942 to 1945. He served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater in 1945, participated in action in Bougainville and the consolidation of the Northern Solomons. He was a member of Lt. Col. Carlson's Second Raider Battalion in the South Pacific.

He was announcer on the Bell Telephone Hour and also did some acting and modeling in his younger years. Charles also worked for the Reynolds Aluminum Company for several years and then went to Boss Gloves as a salesman. He retired from there and started his own business Pacific Glove and Supply which he ran for about 20 years.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Barbara, three daughters; Paula (Raymond) Hernick of New York, Pamela Yaco of New York and Heather (Jeff) Stewart of Sun Valley, Nev., three stepchildren; Sharon (Phil) Bettencourt of Rocklin, David Kuhn of Auburn and Patricia (Steve) Tani of Cupertino, Calif. and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Mabel Thompson.

A Celebration of Life will be held on January 7, 2012 at 12 p.m. at the Auburn Elks Lodge, 195 Pine Street, Auburn, Calif. at 12 p.m.


Carl L. Todacheene "Kes-woody," 79, joined our Heavenly Father on the eve of May 10, 2005, at UNM Hospital in Albuquerque, after succumbing to a short but devastating illness.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today, Monday, May 16, at the World Harvest Center, 1024 N. Butler Ave. in Farmington. Burial will follow at the Todacheene family cemetery in Sheep Springs. A potluck reception will follow at the Sheep Springs Chapter House, bring your own chairs.

Arrangements are entrusted to Brewer, Lee & Larkin Funeral Home & Crematory, 103 E. Ute Street in Farmington.


Joseph H. Tolko, February 8, 2007, age 85. Beloved husband of the late Delphine (Dot). Loving father of Kimberlee Marie Ordiway. Grandfather of Justin (Sarah) Lawrence and John Ordiway. Great-Grandfather of Allie Marie Lawrence. Brother of Irving Tolko. Loved by nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation Sunday 1-9pm at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road, Livonia. Funeral Service Monday 1:00pm at the funeral home. Interment Glen Eden Cemetery. Contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mio, Michigan.


STANLEY - Mr. Harley HaGue Toney, 90, of 514 Old Mt. Holly Road, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2009, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.

A native of Rutherford County, he was a son of the late Cicero Toney and Dora Jones Toney. After joining the Marines and serving in World War II, Mr. Toney was wounded in the invasion of Guadalcanal, thus receiving the Purple Heart for his actions.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Willie Greene Toney.

He is survived by his wife, Carrie Mae Byers Toney of Stanley; one stepson, Roy Dillard Jr. and wife, Nancy, of Gastonia; three stepdaughters, Lula Carter and husband, Bobby, of Gastonia, Jeanette Quick of Gastonia and Frances Rhyne and husband, Bobby, of Dallas; two brothers, Paul V. Toney of Ellenboro and Dr. Robert Toney of Bostic; one sister, Evelyn Bailey of Mooresboro; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral: Thursday, Mar. 5, 3 p.m., Bethel Baptist Church

Visitation: The family will receive friends Thursday, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., before the service, at the church family life center.

Burial: Cleveland Memorial Park with miliary honors by the Rutherford County Honor Guard

Officiated by: The Rev. Jim Loftis and Dr. Robert Toney

Memorials: Rankin Lake Baptist Church, 2705 Gastonia Dallas Highway, Dallas, NC 28034

Funeral home: McKinney-Landreth Funeral Home


Albert Toth, Age 84, of Hersey, formerly of Allen Park. July 27, 2009. Beloved husband of Shirley. Loving father of Eva (Joe) Toth, Barbara (Ted) Deming and April (Mike) Hamilton. Proud grandfather of Kimberley (Jim), Jodi (Dennis), Theo, Benjamin and Austin. Great grandfather of Tharon, Julianna, Emerson and baby boy Klutz. Dear brother of Helen Kukola. Preceded in death by a sister Irene Kurtz and a brother Elmer Toth.


Funeral services for W.L. Touchstone, 79, of Farmersville, were held March 26, 2004, at the First Baptist Church Draper Chapel in Wylie. Interment followed in the Wylie Cemetery.

Dr. A.L. Draper, the Rev. Billy Joe Harris and the Rev. Thomas Maynard officiated.

Mr. Touchstone died on March 22 [2004] at his home.

He was born April 14, 1924 in Dallas County to William L. and Mamie Bell (Casteel) Touchstone. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Wylie.

Survivors include his wife, Syble (Spruill) Touchstone of Farmersville; daughter, Marion Bird of Joshua; son, Ricky J. Touchstone of Farmersville; brother, Harold Touchstone of Commerce, and four grandchildren.

Arrangements were under the direction of Allen Funeral Home.


Mr. Towne, who died February 18 [2012], in Portland, Oregon, was 89 years of age. Born in Wisconsin, he moved to California when he enlisted in the Marine Corps during 1941. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy Cross for bravery on Iwo Jima during WWII.

Mr. Towne was employed by the State of California for 34 years and retired in Sacramento during 1984.

He was a volunteer for Big Brothers, Suicide Prevention and a Small Claims Court Judge in Sacramento.

He and his surviving wife of 42 years, May, moved to Vancouver, Washington, during 1990.


Russell Tratebas, of Kouts, died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2005 in Kankakee, Ill. he was 83.

He was born Oct. 6, 1921 at Tratebas Mill on Tratebas Rd. in Jackson Twp., the son of John and Opal Adelia (Barber) Tratebas II, both of whom preceded him in death.

On June 23, 1956, he married Edith May Downs, who preceded him in death in May of 1963.

He is survived by a son, David Tratebas of Kouts; a daughter, Katherine (Jeff) Stevens of Lebanon, Ind. and three brothers, Edmund Tratebas of Nashville, Ind. George Tanner and Allen Tanner, both of Yuma, Ariz.

He was also preceded in death in 1998, by a brother, John.

Russell was a retired truck driver for Smith Nuppnau Ready Mix in Valparaiso and a member of Teamster’s Union Local #142. He was a Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, E Company, BN of Carlson’s Raiders and F Company 28th Marines and 5th Division in WWII, and the Marine Raider Association in Lakeside, Calif.

Funeral services, Pastor Mike Eddy officiating, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 at Bartholomew Funeral Home. Interment will be in Calumet Park Cemetery, Merrillville.

Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Wednesday at Bartholomew Funeral Home, 102 Monroe St., Valparaiso.

For more information, please call 462-4102


A memorial service for Col. Harlan E. Trent will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Eagle Point National Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Central Valley Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Inc., P.O. Box 3008, Princeton, N.J. 08543-3008.

Col. Trent, 77, of White City, died Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2002, at his home.

He was born March 23, 1925, in Bottineau, N.D.

He was a member of P Company, 4th Raider Battalion. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in July 1943. He rose through the ranks and retired to the Rogue Valley in September 1971.

His service included overseas duty in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was awarded several medals, including the Purple Heart.

Upon retirement, he entered Southern Oregon College, earning a master’s degree in education in 1973. He worked for the state Employment Division, retiring again in 1981. After a stint of self-employment, he worked for the Army 6th Division in Anchorage, Alaska, from 1986 to 1987. He also served at the Veterans Affairs Domiciliary in White City until 1993 in the psychology department, doing research in biofeedback with post-traumatic stress disorder victims of the Vietnam War. After retiring again, he purchased a service station and auto repair business.

He served on the Ashland Planning Commission in 1977. He also was an early member of the Rogue Valley Transportation District board. From 1976 to 1985, he was active in community justice programs as well as on several other committees.

He is survived by his wife, Diane, White City; a daughter, Marta, and a son, Royal; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Arrangements: Central Valley Cremation and Funeral Care.


Alan M. Tress, 88, of Upper Darby died July 6, 2011 at Riddle Memorial Hospital. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he was a student at West Philadelphia High School when WWII started. He proudly enlisted and served in the U.S. Marines Corps, Pacific Theater of Operations. After being discharged, Mr. Tress was an Upper Darby Police Officer for 30 years, retiring in the early 1970s. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and Upper Darby Legion Post 214. He also volunteered with the Cardington Co. of the Upper Darby Fire Dept. Following his retirement, he moved to Tampa, FL for 28 years where he was an award winning shuffleboard player. He returned to Delaware County 5 years ago to be near his family. Survivors: His wife of 66 years Myrtle (nee Brown) Tress; his 4 sons Jeffrey E., Herbert C., Lee M. and Jay R.Tress; a sister Ellyn Tress; 4 grandchildren. Funeral Service will be 11 AM Monday at the Toppitzer Funeral Home at Arlington, 2900 State Road, Drexel Hill, PA 19026. Visitation: after 10 AM Interment: Arlington Cemetery, Drexel Hill.


Charles A. Vanac, USMC, WWII Veteran, age 86, at rest January 25, 2010. Loving husband of Dolores Zahorsky-Synak; dear brother of Laddie J. (the late Dorothy) Vanac; uncle of Dorothy Vanac and Laddie C. Vanac; great-uncle of Chad (Caroline) Henning and Melissa Henning. 29-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. Visitation Thursday, January 28, 2010 from 2-8 p.m. at Adolf Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 2921 S. Harlem Ave., Berwyn. Funeral Services Friday, January 29, 9:45 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment Woodlawn Mausoleum, Forest Park. In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Diabetes Association, 30 North Michigan Ave., Suite 2015, Chicago, IL 60602 would be appreciated. For info: (708) 484-4111.


Frederic F. Van de Water Jr., a reporter and editor for The Associated Press for 23 years, died Saturday [May 11, 2002] after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 83.

Mr. Van de Water was a long time resident of Chesterfield County. Mr. Van de Water was born November 30, 1918 in New York City, New York, to Frederic F. Van de Water and Eleanor Gay Van de Water.

Mr. Van de Water was a World War II veteran, having served in the South Pacific Theater as a member of the Marine Corps. Mr. Van de Water served with the Marine Raiders and later with the 6th Marine Division when the Raiders were absorbed due to heavy casualties during the early campaigns of the war.

After the war, Mr. Van de Water returned to New York to continue his education. He attended Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont. He received his degree in journalism from Boston University. He came to Richmond in 1950 to work with the Associated Press. He met and married Virginia Maxine Clem the same year. The couple had two children, both sons. Mr. Van de Water retired from the Associated Press in 1972. He never left Richmond.

Mr. Van de Water was preceded in death by his parents in 1968 and his wife in 1990 after nearly 40 years of marriage. He is survived by Jonathan D. Van de Water, also of Richmond and Frederic F. Van de Water III of Hurricane, Utah. He is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Lisa A. Van de Water of Hurricane, Utah; granddaughter, Shannon Van de Water of Richmond; grandson, Frederic F. Van de Water IV of Hurricane, Utah; grandson, Wesley C. Van de Water of Hurricane, Utah; granddaughter, Mary C. Van de Water also of Hurricane, Utah.

The family will be holding a private graveside service at Dale Memorial Cemetery in Chesterfield. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Parkinson's Research Fund of choice.


James E. "Jim" Van Winkle, 81, a resident of the Forest Grove community, died Wednesday morning, Aug. 13, 2003, at the Camelot Care Center in Forest Grove.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at the Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home, 2308 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove. Graveside Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Masonic Cemetery in Albany, Ore.

Family and friends are invited to attend a reception immediately following the chapel service, to be held in the fellowship room of the funeral home.

Mr. Van Winkle was born Nov. 30, 1921, in North Bend, Ore., the son of Stanley and Regina (Liska) Van Winkle. His father was a preacher in Central and Eastern Oregon, where Jim was raised and received his education. He attended school in Prinville and later Hubbard, where he graduated from High School.

He later attended the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill., and graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with his Bachelor's Degree in Business in 1946. Jim then attended Harvard University, receiving his Masters in Business Administration in 1947.

Mr. Van Winkle was a Veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Marine Corps. Jim was part of the 1st Commando Unit called Carlson's Raiders at the Battle of Midway and Guadalcanal. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1943 after being wounded in combat.

Jim worked in Insurance sales throughout his lifetime. During the late 1950s and early 60s, Jim worked for Oregon Physician Services as vice president in charge of sales. He later was president of a life insurance company in Texas. In 1969, Jim returned to Oregon, having been hired as one of the representatives for AFLAC in the State of Oregon. Jim worked out of his Raleigh Hills office for nine years until he retired in 1978.

He was a member of the Marine Raider Association and attended their annual meetings/reunions. He received their monthly newsletter, called the "Raider Patch," which he enjoyed reading.

Among his many interests, Jim enjoyed working with leather, making gifts for many and passing on his craft to his sons. He especially enjoyed carving and painting western scenes. He also enjoyed gardening and watching the seasons from germinating to growing to harvesting.

For a time, Jim served as Scoutmaster for his sons' Boy Scout troop during the mid-60s.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Johnny Van Winkle and Joseph Van Winkle both in 2002.

Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce A. Van Winkle and Patricia McMackin of Banks, Ore.; Dr. Gary W. Van Winkle of Eugene, Ore.; and David K. and Colleen Van Winkle of Hillsboro, Ore.; a daughter and son-in-law, Lisa J. and Henrique Lucas of Portland, Ore.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Mary and Cal Townsend of Colorado and Alison Cronin of Portland, Ore.; eight grandchildren, William "Chip" Van Winkle and his wife, Knico of Banks, Ore.; Benjamin "Ben" Van Winkle of Los Angeles, Calif.; Daniel "Dan" Van Winkle serving in the United States Army Reserves currently stationed in Bagdad; Amber Van Winkle and Nathan Van Winkle both of Hillsboro, Ore.; Zareen Van Winkle of Boca Raton, Fla.; and Saadia Van Winkle of Seattle, Wash.; and Joshua Lucas of Portland, Ore.; a great-grandson, Garrett James Van Winkle and several nieces, nephews and cousins including Jerry and Diane Van Winkle, Norvan Liska, and Darrell Liska.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Dr., Reston, Va., 20190 or to The Wilderness Society, 1615 M Street, NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C., 20036 in his memory.

Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home (503-357-2161) in Forest Grove is in charge of the arrangements.


F.C. ``Duke'' Vierling, passed away Aug. 16, 2000, at The Cleveland Clinic following bypass surgery. A former resident of Greensburg, Duke was born Dec. 30, 1921, in Chicago, to Gilbert and Lillian Vierling. Duke enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps after high school and served with Edson's Raiders in Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. A memorial service will be held in October at The Chapel by the Sea, Fort Myers Beach. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Duke's name to your favorite charity.


Wallace Joseph Villarrubia, on Tuesday, November 19, 2002 at 3:30 A.M. Beloved husband of Mona Valeton Villarrubia. Father of Wallace J. 'Skip' Villarrubia, Jr. and the late Gary Valeton Villarrubia. Son of the late Elvin and Corrine Villarrubia. Brother of Shirley Cummings, June Dailey, Forrest Villarrubia and the late Alice Soniat, Nelda Villarrubia, Elvin 'Brother' Villarrubia and Louise Jurisch. Age 80 years, a native of Lacombe, LA and a resident of Metairie for the past 27 years. Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend the funeral services from the funeral home of Jacob Schoen and Son, 3827 Canal St. on Friday, November 22, 2002 at 1:30 P.M. Interment in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3. Friends may call after 11:00 A.M. Friday.



Michael K. "Vitt" Vitantonio [March 20, 2011], proud USMC Veteran WWII, 3rd Marine Raider Battalion, beloved husband of the late Leah Marie (nee Newbill), dear Dad of Claudia Stallings, Eloise Wells, Thomas and Michael "Mickey," loving grandfather of ten, great-grandfather of four, brother of Luisa Gonzales, brother-in-law of Norma Brooks. Memorial Mass 10 a.m., Friday, March 25th, at Sts. Robert and William Church, 367 East 260th St., Euclid, OH. Interment All Souls Cemetery, Chardon, OH. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119 would be appreciated. Arranged by Crobaugh-Danaher Funeral Home, 216-731-4259


Dean S. Voight, 85, Medford, died Saturday, Feb. 2 [2008] at his home under the care of his family and Hope Hospice. He has been a resident of Medford for the past 32 years.

Dallmann-Kniewel Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake assisted the family with arrangements.


Thomas W. Walker Sr., 87, of Mentor, passed away on June 10, 2011, at Hospice of the Western Reserve in Euclid.

Born Nov. 27, 1923, in Mansfield, Ohio, he was the son of Mary E. (Bauer) and William J. Walker.

Mr. Walker served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II. After enlisting in October 1942, he received his basic training at Parris Island, S.C. Upon completion, he left Norfolk, Va., on board the ship Henry T. Allen, traveling through the Panama Canal to the South Pacific, where he joined the first Marine Raider Battalion Company C in 1943 and served in the Asiatic Pacific Theater until 1945. He received four Battle Stars for action seen in New Georgia, Emirau, Guam and Okinawa. He returned home Oct. 11, 1945, with the Sixth Marine Division after action on Okinawa and it was announced that Japan had surrendered.

A 38-year resident of Madison, he was a member of the American Legion Post 601 Auxiliary, and a member of the Immaculate Conception Church.

He enjoyed gardening, RV camping, traveling and fishing. Since the age of 7, his most favorite hobby was making balsa wood airplanes, a love that would continue for the rest of his life. He also loved the outdoors and spending time with his family. His beautiful blue eyes and wonderful smile will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He married his childhood sweetheart, Claire A. Campbell, on Nov. 10, 1945, and returned to his job at J&L LTV Steel Company and retired after 32 years of service. He also worked as a part-time maintenance man at McDonald's in Madison and the NEO Hospital.

He is survived by his son, Thomas W. (Cindy) Walker Jr. of Eastlake; daughter, Christine (John) Trusty of Mentor; granddaughter Shannon (Ryan) Herda of Mentor; great-granddaughters, Shealyn Marie, and McKayla Claire Herda; sister-in-law, Donna Walker of Madison; nieces, Barbara G. Walker of Madison, and Robin (Tim) DeMay of St. Petersburg, Fla.; great-niece, Angela M. (Brian) Niehaus of Cincinnati; great-great-nieces, Mia and Ella Niehaus; great-nephew, Patrick DeMay of Willowick; and cousins, Michael J. Bauer of Painesville, and Charlotte Bauer of South Euclid.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his loving wife of 63 years, Claire; his brother, Robert S. Walker Sr. and nephew, Robert S. Walker Jr.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 16, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 2846 Hubbard Road in Madison, with the Rev. Sean Donnelly officiating.

Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2011, at the Behm Family Funeral Home, 26 River St. in Madison.

Final resting place will be at Madison Memorial Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Hospice of the Western Reserve, 300 E. 185th St., Cleveland, OH 44119.


William S. Wallace; of Clarkston; February 22, 2009; age 87. Husband of Docia; preceded in death by his first wife Zetah; father of Nan (Guy) Henton; step-father of Connie (Bill Sclesky) Morgan and Theresa (Terry) Harp; grandpa of Michele (Craig) Morris, Lisa (Hassan) Salim, Chris (Carolyn) Morgan and Andy (Katie) Harp; great-grandpa of Alex, Nick, Josh and Sophie; brother of Betty Thorne. William was a retired conductor for the Illinois Central Railroad and a member of Clarkston United Methodist Church, Masonic Lodge #131 AF & AM, IL, York Rite Bodies of Paducah, KY, Scottish Rite Bodies and Rizpah Shrine Temple of Madisonville, KY, United Transportation Union, American Legion and later a member of Sahib Shrine Temple, FL. He was a four year veteran of WW II, having served with the United States Marine Raider Battalions in the Pacific Theater. Funeral Service Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 12:30 p.m. at the Lewis E. Wint & Son Funeral Home, Clarkston where friends may visit Tuesday 7 to 9 p.m. Interment Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly. Memorials may be made to Disabled Veterans of America or Shriners.


Gen. Lewis W. Walt, who won combat decorations in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and later served as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps, died Sunday [March 26, 1989] at a retirement home in Gulfport, Miss., after a long illness. He was 76 years old.

General Walt, a husky, outspoken man who commanded 73,000 marines in the critical I Corps area in the five northernmost provinces of South Vietnam from mid-1965 to mid-1967, had a reputation of being a front-line general. A Vietcong mortar round once exploded within 15 feet of him, wounding his aide. On another occasion he walked across a mined bridge to confront a group of dissident South Vietnamese troops while Marine and Navy frogmen were cutting the wires leading to the explosive charges.

General Walt was also a tireless advocate of what he called ''the other war'' in Vietnam: winning the hearts and minds of Vietnamese civilians. One year the marines under his command distributed 2.5 million pounds of food and 237,000 pounds of clothing, and built 673 houses and 159 classrooms.

General Walt, who wrote three books after retiring from the Marine Corps, described the contradictions of the Vietnam War in an article for The New York Times in 1971. ''On the one hand it was an extremely sophisticated war, with complex weapons unlike even World War II or Korea,'' he wrote. ''On the other hand it was a return to medieval war, pitting man against man on a battleground where only the courageous could win.'' News Media Role Cited

Like many American military officers, General Walt was frustrated by what he regarded as a lack of public support for the nation's troops in Vietnam, calling it the ''most misunderstood war in our country's history.'' And, like many officers, he criticized press and television coverage of the war.

But he rejected censorship and anticipated a point of view that is slowly spreading among officers of the post-Vietnam generation who are now students in the nation's war colleges. ''We are going to have to realize the supreme importance of the news media in fighting political wars in the future,'' he said in 1969, ''or we will be faced otherwise with unpopular wars wherever they are.''

Lewis William Walt was born on a farm near Harveyville, Kan., on Feb. 16, 1913. He received a Bachelor of Science degree, with honors in chemistry, from Colorado State University, where he was a star football player. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps on July 1, 1936.

The future general served as a platoon leader in Shanghai, China, guarding the international settlement there after Japan invaded northern China.

In World War II he took part in the first American ground offensive in the Pacific theater, leading a company of the First Marine Raider Battalion that landed on Tulagi in the Solomon Islands in August 1942. He was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in that landing, and later joined the Fifth Marine Regiment on Guadalcanal, where he was wounded in action and promoted to major and then lieutenant colonel.

In 1944 he commanded the Third Battalion of the Fifth Marines in the campaign for New Britain, where he won the Navy Cross, the nation's second highest combat decoration, and was again wounded in action. After recovering from his wounds he resumed command of the battalion and won his second Navy Cross in the landing on Peleliu, one of the Caroline Islands in the western Pacific.

In the Korean War he was promoted to colonel, served as a regimental commander in 1952 and later as chief of staff of the First Marine Division, and won the Bronze Star and Legion of Merit. He attended the National War College in 1960, was promoted to brigadier general and assigned as assistant commander of the Second Marine Division at Camp Lejuene, N. C., in 1962.

After being promoted to major general in 1965 he commanded the Third Marine Amphibious Force in Vietnam, was promoted to lieutenant general in 1966 and was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. He later said that, as the Marine commander in the northern sector of South Vietnam, he had ''pleaded and begged to go into Laos and across the DMZ,'' the demilitarized zone that separated North and South Vietnam.

Until 1968 the Marine Corps had only one four-star general, the Commandant. General Walt became the first officer in the Corps to become its second four-star general after losing a fight to become Commandant. He, Lieut. Gen. Victor H. Krulak and Lieut. Gen. Leonard F. Chapman Jr. were the contenders. General Chapman won out but General Walt got his fourth star as assistant commandant.

In a news conference just before he retired in 1971, General Walt criticized Congress, accusing it of following rather than leading the people. He also criticized parents for not teaching their children and local governments for not improving schools. ''We need to educate our children on why we need strong armed forces,'' he said. ''Neutrality is a great thing, but who is going to enforce neutrality?''

General Walt's three books were ''Strange War, Strange Strategy,'' about the war in Vietnam; ''America Faces Defeat,'' about the dangers confronting the nation, and ''The Eleventh Hour,'' about the urgency of the nation's problems.

The general's first marriage, to Nancy Mary Sheehan, an Army nurse he met in World War II, ended in divorce. He is survived by his second wife, June Burkett Jacobsen Walt, and two sons and a daughter by his first marriage, Lewis W. Walt Jr., Lawrence C. Walt and Mary K. Martin.


Joseph Walter, age 88, of 1838 Clermont St., Manitowoc, died Monday, June 1, 2009, at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center, Manitowoc.

He was born Nov. 25, 1920, in Philadelphia, Pa., son of the late John and Catherine (Sloboda) Walter. Joseph was a Marine for 12 years. He joined the Marine Corps on Aug. 21, 1940, and served with the 5th Marines after boot camp and later with the 1st Marine Division, newly formed, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and Puerto Rico. He was reassigned to Camp Lejeune, N.C., in 1941 until WWII started. In 1942 Joseph left for the South Pacific, and in American Samoa he trained with the just organized 3rd Marine Raiders. His first combat duty was in Guadalcanal. Joseph also took part in the Russell Island Raid after which he went back to Guadalcanal. His next assignment was the first wave into Bougainville Island, and after that hard fight, his Raider unit was disbanded and made into the 4th Marine Regiment. The 4th went into Guam where Joseph received his first of two Purple Hearts and then came down with malaria. He spent the rest of the war in Hawaii and the United States until joining the 28th Marines, 5th Division. He then participated in the first wave into Japan. Following the war, Joseph remained in the Marines as a recruiter serving in Manitowoc, where he met and married his wife, Adeline Theisen, on August 11, 1948. Joseph was transferred to Quantico, Va., and later the 1st Marine Division in Korea where he was awarded his second Purple Heart. He was discharged from the Marines in November of 1952. Joseph returned to Manitowoc and worked as a tool and die maker at Aluminum Specialty Co. until retiring in 1986. Joseph and Adeline enjoyed traveling and spending time at their summer home in Door County.

Survivors include his wife: Adeline, Manitowoc; one son and daughter-in-law: Michael and Marlene Walter, Menasha; three daughters and sons-in-law: Deborah and Richard Sass, Sheboygan; JoAnn and George DeNardis, Cleveland; Phyllis and James Hall, Sagamore Hills, Ohio; six grandchildren: Timothy (Melissa) Walter, Nashville, Tenn.; Steven Walter, Menasha; Michael Sass, Sheboygan; Rebecca DeNardis, Cleveland; Christine DeNardis, Cleveland, Andrew Hall, Sagamore Hills, Ohio; one sister: Dorothy Bartow, Pa. Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive. He was also preceded in death by two brothers and six sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday June 5, 2009, at St. Francis of Assisi on Waldo. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Gerald Foley. Burial will take place at Calvary Cemetery, where graveside military rites will be accorded by the VFW Otto Oas Post 659.

The family will greet relatives and friends at The Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc, from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4, 2009. Visitation will continue Friday, June 5, 2009, at St Francis of Assisi on Waldo from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.


Robert Lloyd "Bob" Waner, age 85, of McPherson, KS, and formerly of Florence, Kansas passed away at 10:15 AM, Sunday, July 17th, 2005 at Memorial Hospital, McPherson, Kansas.

Bob, the son of Andrew and Frances (Garrison) Waner, was born March 14, 1920 on a farm near Florence, Kansas. He attended school in the rural Florence area and as a young man he worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps, helping to plant shelter belts around the state.

Bob was gathering cattle from a pasture near Cedar Point, Kansas on the morning of December 7, 1941. Upon learning of the attack on Pearl Harbor, he immediately joined the United States Marine Corps. After completing boot camp he was assigned to the elite "Carlson’s Raiders". After the Raider unit was disbanded he was assigned to the 5th Marine Division, 2nd Battalion. As a Marine rifleman, he saw action on Midway Island, Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Iwo Jima. He also participated in the Occupation of Japan.

Bob was awarded the Silver Star medal for conspicuous gallantry against the enemy on Iwo Jima on March 22, 1945. He was wounded in combat in this same action and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Sergeant Robert Waner was honorably discharged in 1946. In their later years, Bob and Ruth attended numerous Raider reunions and 5th Marine Division reunions around the country.

Returning to Kansas following the war, Bob began working as a carpenter in the Junction City and Wichita areas.

Bob was united in marriage to Ruth Marie Adler on November 4, 1947 at the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Rectory, Florence, Kansas.

Bob’s love of the grasslands and cattle brought him and his family to the Diamond Creek Ranch in Wilsey, Kansas. There, for 10 years, he managed a registered Hereford cow/calf operation for the CK Ranch. Following their time at the CK, Bob and Ruth purchased a farm located north of Florence. They farmed the land, raised cattle and hogs and put up lots of hay. In their spare time they began a custom hoofing trimming business which took them to dairy farms all over the Midwest. This was the beginning of a three generation business that continues today with their grandson L. D. Waner.

Retirement brought them to McPherson, Kansas in 1989. Although they moved to town, you just can’t take the country out of some folks. Bob was one of those folks! Even though he was officially retired, he was able to still do farm work for Larry Weibert. This did wonders for his heart and soul! Bob was a true cowboy. You could always count on Bob to be in his signature outfit: wranglers, western shirt, boots and hat. If you could not find Bob working at the Weibert farm, you could find him enjoying a good western novel.

Bob not only loved the country he loved his bride, Ruth. Wherever Bob was, you can be sure that Ruth was not far away. They were definitely a twosome. They had over 57 wonderful years of marriage and companionship.

Bob you are loved so much and will be missed!

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul Waner; a sister, Ruth Garland; and a son-in-law, Loren Lundberg.

Surviving members of his family include his loving and devoted wife, Ruth, of the home, McPherson, Kansas; his daughter Barbara J. "BJ" Roe and her husband Steve, of Galva, Kansas; his son, Alan R. Waner and his wife Doreen, of Ogallala, Nebraska; his sister, Dorothy Hoffman and her husband Roger, of Florence, Kansas; his brothers, John Waner, of Marion, Kansas, Vernon Waner and his wife Henrietta, of Marion, Kansas, and George Wilfred Waner and his wife Wanda, of Junction City, Kansas; five grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many friends.

Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m., Thursday, July 21, 2005, Holy Family St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Florence, Kansas. Interment Mount Calvary Cemetery, Florence, Kansas. Military graveside rites will be provided by members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2715 and the American Legion Post 24, both of McPherson.


Orville E. Wangen, 81, of Austin, died Tuesday, July 23, 2002, at the Austin Medical Center.

He was born April 25, 1921, in Albert Lea, to Ed and Millie (Lerum) Wangen.

He graduated from Austin High School in 1938.

He began work for the George A. Hormel Company in October 1938 and retired in June 1982 as the company's last blacksmith.

On April 25, 1941, he enlisted with the United States Marines. During World War II, he engaged in four combats: Makin, Guadalcanal, Bougainville and Iwo Jima. He was a member of Carlson's Raiders and earned the Bronze Star in the invasion of Iwo Jima.

On April 19, 1947, he married Gretchen Van Camp at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin.

He was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Knights of Columbus, Queen of Angels Church, Mower County Historical Society and the U.S. Marine Raider Association.

Survivors include wife, Gretchen Wangen, Austin; daughters, Joan Wangen, Elkader, Iowa; Barbara and Bryan Baker, Plymouth; Mary and Steve Riles, Rochester; sons, Ed and Nikki Wangen, Rancho Cordova, Calif.; William and Jodi Wangen, Austin; Jim and Lynn Wangen, Edina; Dan Wangen, Rancho Cordova, Calif.; six grandchildren; sister, Marjorie Heiny, Austin; brothers, Russell and Norma Wangen, Austin; John Wangen, Cannon Falls.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Richard, Robert and Leo; sisters, Esther Wangen and Elaine Shroyer.

Visitation: 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, July 26, 2002, with a 7 p.m. wake service and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Service: 1 p.m., Saturday, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father William Becker and Pastor Russell Wangen officiating.

Interment: Fort Snelling National Cemetery with military rites by American Legion Post #91 and VFW Post #1216.

Funeral Home: Mayer Funeral Home, Austin.

Memorials: To donor's choice.


Joseph (Joe) A. Waraskevich, 87, of Winslow, passed away early Saturday morning, May 10, 2008. Joe was born in Winslow on January 17, 1921. The son of John and Victoria (Spirydovich) Waraskevich, he was a 1939 graduate of Winslow High School. He worked as a pipefitter at Scott Paper Company for 42 years, taking a break only to serve in the United States Marine Corps First Raider Battalion in the South Pacific during World War II.

He loved and enjoyed his camp at Roach Pond near Moosehead Lake, where he spent his vacations and retirement. He and his wife Lucie also enjoyed travel, visiting Canada and parts of the United States, including Texas, where they attended their youngest daughter’s wedding.

Joe was a member of the V.F.W., the American Legion and Elks Club #905.

Joe is survived by his wife of 55 years Lucie (Bourgoin) Waraskevich; son Anthony J. Waraskevich and his wife Nancy of Waterville; daughter Carol A. Paradis and her husband Wayne of Windham, Maine; daughter Lois Kinman and her husband Jeff of Lewisville, Texas; four grandsons: Joey and Jared Waraskevich of Waterville, Christopher Paradis of Mesa, Arizona, and Scott Paradis of Windham.

A memorial service is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 15 at St. John Catholic Church in Winslow. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament on Elm Street in Waterville, Maine.


George Warholic, age 79, of Highland, Indiana, passed away on Friday, November 2, 2001. He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Violet; three children: Mark Warholic of Crown Point, Tammi (John) Phillips of Lansing, IL, and Kris (Michael) Elliott of Griffith; six grandchildren: Nicole Warholic, J. J. and Matthew Phillips, Douglas, Becky and Taylor Elliott; two step-grandchildren, Angie and Kent Elliott; one brother, John (Grace) Warholic of Cleveland, OH and one sister, Mary Gavlak of Madera, PA. Funeral services will be held Monday, November 5, 2001, at 9:30 a.m. from the Kuiper Funeral Home Chapel, Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Grace Church, Highland, Rev. Edward Moszur officiating. Burial, Catholic Cemeteries, Hammond, Indiana. Friends are invited to meet with the family Sunday, 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. at the Kuiper Funeral Hume, 9039 Kleinman Road (two blocks south of Ridge Road), Highland, IN. Mr. Warholic was it member of Our Lady of Grace Church of Highland; retired from LTV Steel after 37 years; Veteran of U.S. Marine Corps and member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Chicago Heights, IL. Prayer service Sunday at 6:30 p.m.


Mr. Francis (Frank) Warner, age 78, of Branan Lodge, Blairsville, GA, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2001, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Warner was born on April 5, 1923, in Oconomowoc, WI. He was a retired administrator for the Lutheran Church Schools. He served in the U.S. Marines in World War II, seeing action in the South Pacific and was a member of the Marine Corps League; the U.S. Marine Raider Association; the Military Order of the Devil Dogs; the American Legion; VFW and the National Rifle Association. He also served as a missionary in South America with the Lutheran Church. He was a member of All Saints Lutheran Church of Blairsville, GA.

He is survived by his caring wife of 55 years, Jen Warner; one son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Nancy; two daughters and sons-in-law; Christine and Gary Kafer and Catherine and Charlie Sell; a son, David, preceded him in death. He had nine grandchildren. Many other relatives and friends also survive.

Memorial services for Mr. Warner were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 29, 2001, from the All Saints Lutheran Church of Blairsville with the Revs. Ralph Weinrich and William Schultz officiating. Interment followed at the Mansion Memorial Park in Elenton, FL.

The Mountain View Funeral Home of Blairsville in charge of arrangements.


Robert M. Watkins, 82, a longtime Quincy area resident, passed away on Monday, August 5th, 2002 at his home.

He was born Jan. 9, 1920 to William E and Lucy (Moore) Watkins in Burlington, WA. He attended school in La Conner and graduated from high school there in 1937. He entered the U.S. Marine Corps in August 1938, serving until his honorable discharge in March 1945. He married Esther Succetti on March 1, 1942 at the United States Marine Base in San Diego, CA. Following his discharge he was employed as a deputy sheriff for Skagit County, and later owned and operated Watkins Appliance in Seattle. The couple moved to the Frenchman Hills area in 1954 where he developed two farm units, where he farmed until his illness forced him to slow down.

Mr. Watkins was a member of the Marine Raider Association, the VFW, DAV and St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Royal City. He is survived by his wife, Esther, sons John and wife Janet Watkins of Seattle, Joel and wife Terri Watkins, William and wife Ellen Clifton of Quincy. Mr. Watkins also is survived by eight grandchildren.

Holy Rosary was recited on Friday, Aug. 9th at 7 p.m. and Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated on Sat. Aug 10th, 2002, both from St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Royal City. Burial followed in the Royal City Cemetery. Scharbarch’s Columbia Funeral Chapel in Quincy was in charge of arrangements.


Roy E. Watkins, 83, of Big Spring died Monday, Nov. 13, 2006, in a local hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006, at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Rosewood Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Randy Cotton, pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Joey Bacon, Gene Jones and Gary Bacon officiating. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

He was born Feb. 10, 1923, in Minneapolis, Minn., and married Eloise Elizabeth Fain March 4, 1946, in Minneapolis.

Roy served in the United States Marine Corps from 1941 to 1947 and served in the South Pacific during World War II. He was a member of the Marine Raiders. Roy served on the Big Spring Independent School District Board of Trustees for 11 years and was the president for eight. He was a member of Local 826 Union of Operating Engineers where he served as president for six years. He coordinated the labor for the first Crippled Children’s Center. He enjoyed golf and was an avid reader. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by everyone who knew him. He was a faithful member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Eloise Watkins of Big Spring; three daughters and sons-in-law, Lorrie and Gene Jones of Canyon, Monnie and Gary Bacon of Harlingen and Tammy and Tim Yeats of Big Spring; one brother, Frank Watkins of Minneapolis, Minn.; one sister, Patty Selton of Minneapolis, Minn.; eight grandchildren, Joey Bacon, Jeff Bacon, Kimberly Potter, Kelli Boylan, Kendra Jones, Keri Jones, Ryan Yeats and Ethan Yeats; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and one sister.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund or Missions Fund, 810 11th Place, Big Spring 79720.

Arrangements under the direction of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory of Big Spring.


Carl W. Watt was a World War II combat veteran who served 27 years as a motorcycle patrolman with the Dallas Police Department.

Mr. Watt, 81, died April 6 [2007] of natural causes at his Rowlett home. He had health problems that included emphysema and cancer, his family said.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at Restland Memorial Park.

"He might have been a grumpy old guy, but he would do anything for anybody," said his son, W. Keith Watt of Garland. "He helped out his kids a bunch. He helped people whenever he could."

Mr. Watt didn't talk much about his military or police service.

"It was kind of the era he grew up in. You kind of had to be tough to survive," his son said.

Born in Sweetwater, Texas, Mr. Watt dropped out of high school to serve in the Marines during World War II.

He received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for his service in the Gilbert and Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, his son said. Mr. Watt was stabbed in the chest with a bayonet and battled malaria for more than a year.

"He never talked about that stuff," his son said.

His family gained insight into his service from stories he told a fellow Marine in Dallas.

Mr. Watt was part of the Makin Island raid as a member of the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion. He also took part in battles at Tulagi, Bougainville and Guadalcanal. He was part of the Long Patrol, a group of Marines who lived off the land and rice taken from dead enemy soldiers. [Mr. Watt served in the 3rd Raider Battalion and did not participate in the Makin raid or the Long Patrol].

Keith Watt said he learned that his father had fought at Tulagi in the Solomon Islands while doing a report for an American history class in 10th grade.

After completing his military service, Mr. Watt moved to Garland, where his parents had moved while he was in the Marines.

He joined the Dallas Police Department about 1950.

"He started on the two-wheelers and did that for 12 years, then he spent his last 15 years on three-wheelers in downtown Dallas," his son said.

On Nov. 22, 1963, Mr. Watt was 100 to 150 feet behind President John F. Kennedy's car in the ill-fated procession, his son said.

Mr. Watt dabbled in real estate sales after his 1978 retirement from the Police Department, his son said.

He was a Mason and a member of the Scottish Rite.

"He liked staying busy," his son said. "He and my mother traveled quite a bit until she passed away."

Mr. Watt's wife, Nancy, died in 1990.

In addition to Keith, Mr. Watt is survived by three other sons, Carl B. Watt of Salt Lake City, Mark Z. Watt of San Antonio and Mike Watt of Balch Springs; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice.


John A. Watzlawick Jr. of Hampshire Visitation for John A. Watzlawick Jr., 87, will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday morning, at the Fredrick Funeral Home, 284 Park St., Hampshire, with private family funeral services following, and burial with military honors in Hampshire Center Cemetery. Born Nov. 4, 1922, in Belvidere, the son of John and Elsie Watzlawick, he passed away Saturday, July 24, 2010, at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. He attended Elgin High School and proudly served in the Marine Corps during World War II. John married Rosaline Claire Cawood on Sept. 19, 1953, in South Elgin and had lived in Hampshire since 1965. John retired after 25 years with Illinois Tool Works Shakeproof Division. He had also bartended for many years and was a school bus driver for School District #300. He was a proud member of the VFW and had served as past commander for Kane County. Surviving are his children, four sons, John (Kay) of Blue Springs, Mo., James (Victoria) of Algonquin, Joseph of Dundee and Jerold (Michelle) of Bement and daughter, Jody, a resident of T.A.C. House in Aurora; 11 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Rosaline on Oct. 7, 1997; a daughter, Elsie Ziegler; a son, Michael; a grandson, Scott' and six brothers and sisters. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be directed to the T.A.C. House. For information, 847-683-2711.


PERRYVILLE, Mo. — One death and injury to another man were reported here in the wake of a small tornado that moved across Perry County Saturday afternoon [April 5, 1958]; William J. Wehner, 36, a lineman with Citizens Electrical Co. of Ste. Genevieve, Mo., died of electrical burns near Brewer, Mo.; injured was Joseph Futynick, 45.


Edward J. Weidinger, 74, of N. Stephen St., Oregon, died Thursday December 5, 1996 in his residence. He was born March 1, 1922 in Toledo to Mr. and Mrs. Edward (Ruby Cummins) Weidinger. He married Mildred K. Schnabel on September 25, 1946 in Moline, OH and she survives. Mr. Weidinger was a former member of First St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Oregon. Edward was a WWII Marine Corps veteran and received a Purple Heart for his wounds. He was a member of Maumee Valley VFW Post #2510.

Survived by wife, Mildred K. Weidinger; son, Robert F. (Roberta) Weidinger of Hawaii; daughter, Sharon A. Weidinger of Toledo; grandson, Tim E. Weidinger of Oregon; granddaughters, Joleen and Lauralye of Hawaii; brother, Jerry (Doris) Weidinger; and sister, Mary Jane. He was preceded in death by his son, Dennis J. Weidinger in 1991.

Memorial services will be conducted Monday, December 9, 1996 at 4 p.m. at Clegg- Abele Funeral Home, 522 E. Broadway, (691-2481). There will be no visitation. Interment will be private.


ENCINITAS, Calif. - William "Bill" Ransom Weiland was born on July 9, 1921 in Orange, N.J. He was the son of Laura Valentine and George Weiland.

He died on June 16, 2009, after a long illness in Encinitas, Calif.

Bill graduated from Cheshire Academy in Connecticut and entered Duke University in Durham, N.C.

Upon the declaration of World War II, in 1941, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and served in the Marine Raider Battalion. His tour of duty took him to the South Pacific, where he fought in Guadalcanal, Guam, Bougainville and Emirau. He earned two Purple Hearts during the service to his country as well as a field commission during the battle of Guam.

Upon his return home, he married Barbara Sherman Vaiden, a friend he had known since childhood. They lived in Missoula for 33 years.

Bill graduated from Colorado A&M with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degrees and went on to Yale, where he received his master's degree in forestry. Bill began his career working for Broderick Wood Product Co. in Granby, Colo. He went on to work for U.S. Plywood in Anderson, Calif., and then to Champion International in Bonner. He retired as general manager of the Rocky Mountain Division of Champion in 1972.

Bill loved the outdoors. He was an avid mountain climber and scaled countless peaks in Canada, Switzerland, Patagonia, Tibet and the United States, including the nation's highest mountain, Mount McKinley. When not climbing, he spent his time skiing and hiking with his family and friends, often accompanied by his dogs.

He is survived by his wife Bobby; and four children, John Weiland of Palmer, Alaska, Patricia Zay of Memphis, Tenn., Forrest Weiland of Vista, Calif., and Bill Weiland Jr. of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. He has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Remembrances may be sent to Silverado Hospice 3750 Convoy St., San Diego, CA 92111.


BELLEVUE, Iowa - Joseph A. Weisnewski, 83, of 912 Jefferson Ave., Bellevue, died of cancer at 2:40 p.m. Monday, March 19, 2001, at Mill Valley Care Center.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Bellevue, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Kingery Funeral Home, Bellevue, where there will be a scripture service at 5 p.m.

He was born on Feb. 12, 1918, in Pittsburgh, son of Stanley and Mary C. (Czernik) Weisnewski.

The family moved to Wheeling, W.Va., where he graduated from Warwood High School. He attended West Liberty Teacher's College and on June 20, 1938, he enlisted in the Marine Corps.

After basic training in Parris Island, S.C., "Ski," as he was now called, attended Sea School in Portsmouth, Va. He was assigned to the USS Honolulu from 1938-1940. He then was transferred to Camp Elliot, San Diego, where he was chosen to join the 2nd Raider Battalion, under the command of Colonel Evans Carlson and Major James Roosevelt. Ski participated in action against the Japanese at Guadalcanal and Bougainville, both in the Solomon Islands, from May 1942 to April 1944.

After some time spent in the Naval Hospital in Balboa Park, San Diego, Ski transferred to the Marine Barracks, U.S. Naval Air Station, Seattle. There he met his future wife, WAVE Mary E. Mueller, of Bellevue. They were married on Nov. 30, 1944, in the base chapel. Orders came again and Ski reported to The Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pa., where he became first sergeant of the Marine detachment on the USS Little Rock. When he resumed shore duty, he was assigned to the Naval Prison at Portsmouth N.H., as prison administrator. Here their first child, Joseph Stanley, was born.

There followed a number of duty tours as a Marine recruiter in Wisconsin, while living in Sparta Wis., their daughter Anne Marie (Anya) was born.

Korea was Ski's next scene of action with him joining the 3rd Battalion 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, Korea. In the Korean conflict, Ski saw action in Seoul, Wonsan, Hungnam, the Chosin Reservoir and South Central Korea. He was awarded the Purple Heart during this campaign.

Other duty stations for Ski were Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, Staff United States Marine Corps Reserve, Pottsville, Pa., Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Marine Corps School, Quantico, Va., Marine Corps Recruit Station, Des Moines, 1st Tank Battalion Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Okinawa, United States Naval Hospital, Oakland, Calif., and Fleet Marine Force. Ski retired from the Marine Corps on July 1, 1970, as sergeant major E9. Besides the Purple Heart, Ski had many other medals and awards. He recently received a certificate and medal from the Republic of South Korea.

Ski was a member of the United States Marine Raider Association, a lifetime member of the Disabled Veterans of America and also belonged to the Bellevue American Legion Reveille Post 273.

As a civilian, Joe and Mary traveled extensively throughout the United States and abroad. Joe said he liked traveling when he could choose the destinations.

Joe was a gentle man, a kind and loving father and a good husband. He had a warm place in his heart for his grandchildren and will be missed by all who knew him. He particularly loved his home and the comfort it gave him.

Surviving are his wife, Mary; son, Joseph S. (Mary), of Bellevue Wash.; a daughter Anya (Eamonn) Stanley, of Los Angeles; four grandchildren, Tara, Jonathan, Catherine and Ailsa; a sister, Elizabeth Kendzora, of Tucson, Ariz.; a nephew Frank Kendzora, a niece, Deborah Stodgill, and their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Raymond; and a sister, Veronica Casper.

Joe's family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and good wishes during his illness. They would also like to acknowledge the friendly, professional care received from Home Instead and Mill Valley Care Center. A special thanks for the wonderful loving attention received from Hospice of Dubuque and all of those who kindly volunteered their time during Joe's last days.


James Ray Welch, age 75, of Danville, AR died Thursday, March 12, 1998 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock, AR. He was born February 17, 1923 at Havana, AR, son of the late R. L. and Orpha Ray Welch. He was retired from Continental Grain; he was a Marine Corps Veteran of World War II, having served in four major companies with the 2nd and 3rd Raider Battalions. He was a corporate pilot, past president of the Arkansas Egg Council and a member of the Rotary International.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Wright Welch; four sons and daughters-in-law, James Ray and Carlene Welch of Rogers, Jeffery Paul and Jody Welch of Helena, MT, John and Diane Welch of Hot Springs, AR and Justin and Belinda Welch of Sheridan, AR; one sister, Christene Dearrington of Tulsa, OK; nine granddaughters; two grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral service was March 14, 1998 at the Danville United Methodist Church with Rev. Wade Shownes officiating. Burial was in the Havana Cemetery by Cornwell Funeral Home of Danville, AR. His sons and nephews served as pallbearers.


Joseph W. Welch, age 82, a resident of the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown formerly of Grundy Center died Saturday, April 21, 2007 at the Veterans Home following a lengthy illness. Private family interment will be held at the Rock Island National Cemetery at a future date. Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home, Tama-Toledo is handling the arrangements.

Joseph was born on June 2, 1924 in Oglesby, Illinois, the son of Joseph and Agnes (Creiger) Welch. He was involved with the CCC during his youth. Joseph served his country in the United States Marine Corps during WWII. He owned and operated a driving school and also worked for the Illinois Secretary of State. Joseph had resided in LaSalle, Illinois, Blackduck, Minnesota, and Grundy Center, Iowa. He was united in marriage to Lillian B. Rentz on November 28, 1989 in Bemidji, Minnesota.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, Elizabeth Chapin and Anna Lesmiester, a brother, Stanley Welch, and a brother-in-law, Peter Lesmiester.

Survivors include his wife Lillian of Grundy Center; daughter Carol (Ed) Williams of Lynn Center, Illinois. He was a beloved second father to Steven (Pam) Rentz of Emmons, Minnesota, Raymond (Jacqueline) Rentz of Clarks Grove, Minnesota, Diane Cain of Rochester, Minnesota, and Susanna Williams of Orlando, Florida. Also surviving are two grandchildren Bryan (Nancy) Williams and Lori (John) Foley; seven second grandchildren, Richard Carmack, Adam Carmack, Daniel Fogelquist, Amy Fogelquist, Joshua Rentz, Niccole Rentz, and Crystal Rentz; four great-grandchildren, Samantha Williams, Sydney Williams, John Foley Jr., and Joseph Foley; three second great-grandchildren Caleb Fogelquist, Devon Carmack, and Tyler Carmack; two sisters Mary (Corino) Padawan of Jonesville, Illinois, and Lillian (John) Seghi of Standard, Illinois; and a brother Donald Welch of Rochester, New Hampshire. In addition, Joseph is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial fund has been established for the Marine Corps League in Jonesville, Illinois.


Martin Louis Wewer, 89, of Paris, Arkansas died Sunday, September 28, 2008 in Hot Springs, AR. He was born January 5, 1919 in Morrison Bluff, AR to his parents Joseph and Anna (Schwiejehaun) Wewer. He was a Marine Veteran of World War II, a retired auto mechanic, a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church and a member of Knights of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Mattie (Williams) Wewer.

Funeral Mass was held Friday, October 3, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Scranton, AR. Burial was in St. Ignatius Cemetery-Scranton.

Survivors include: son, Bernard Wewer; daughter, Betty Mayne; three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


Memorial services have been held for Retired Major General Edwin B. Wheeler of the Marine Corps, who died at Baylor University Medical Center on October 14, 1985, after having been stricken by a heart attack at his Dallas, Texas, home. Wheeler, 67, had lived in Dallas and Hot Springs, Arkansas. Burial was planned for Arlington National Cemetery.

He served two tours of duty as a combat commander in Vietnam and also served as a Battalion Commander during the Korean War and as a combat officer with the 1st Raider Battalion in the Pacific in World War II. He received many medals, including the Silver Star, Distinguished Service Medal and five citations for the Legion of Merit.

A native of Port Chester, New York, where he was born on March 17, 1918, he joined the Marine Corps in 1940 after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree from Williams College in Williamsburg, Massachusetts. During his 32-year career in the Marines, he led every type of Marine Corps unit into combat. He is the only Marine in history to have done so. His initial assignment was as a rifle platoon leader in the 1st Raider Battalion - Edson's Raiders. He participated in the Tulagi and Guadalcanal operations and later led a Raider Company in the battle for New Georgia. In the postwar period, Major Wheeler served at various posts and stations at home and abroad. In the Korean War, he commanded the 1st Amphibious Tractor Battalion, 5th Marines, and before leaving Korea served as the 5th Marines Regimental Executive Officer. Following his promotion to Colonel in July 1959, he was Marine Aide-de-Camp to three Secretaries of the Navy, W. B. Franke, John B. Connally and Fred North. He next commanded the Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C., before leaving for Vietnam, where he commanded the 3rd Marines. Upon his return to the U.S., he was Commander of the Marine Corps Basic School. He was promoted to Brigadier General in 1966 and he left for Camp Lejeune to become Assistant Division Commander, 2nd Marine Division, and later took command of the Division as a Brigadier General. Promoted to Major General in 1968 and, two years later, left Camp Lejeune for his last duty assignment as G-1 at Marine Headquarters, where he remained until he retired in 1972.

After he retired from the Marines in 1972, he served for two years as Deputy Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare for Governor Ronald Reagan of California.

His ashes were laid to rest in a private graveside service at Arlington National Cemetery on October 18, 1985.


Robert F. Wietrzak [July 4, 2007], WW II U.S. Marine Corps veteran, member of Colonel Evans Carlson's Marine Raiders Second Battalion. Beloved husband of the late Clara, nee Forys; cherished son of the late Frank and Rozalia; brother of Theodore; loving brother-in-law of Bernice (the late Henry) Hadzima, Jean (Richard) Wesolowski, the late Helen (the late John) Ciaciura, Agnes (the late John) Wilk, Celia Maranowicz, Harry, George (the late Ann) and Thomas (Joanne) and (the late Louise) Forys; devoted uncle to many nieces and nephews; also many dear friends.


Fran [December 26, 2005] was born Dec. 12, 1921, in Prescott, to Glenn Wildman and Jane (Sleeper) Wildman.

Fran moved to Tucson in 1924, where he lived while his father obtained an engineering degree from the University of Arizona. In 1927, he moved to Redwood City, Calif. He graduated from Sequoia Union High School, where he was drum major of the high school band. He was in the Army (CMTC) 1939-40, until he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1940. He was in Iceland (European Theater), when Pearl Harbor was bombed. Later in 1941, he was sent to New Caledonia (South Pacific Theater), in the 1st Marine Raiders. He returned to the USA in 1942 and became a Naval Cadet in pilot training. He was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1945.

He married Thomasine (Tommie) Alexander on Aug. 17, 1946, and graduated from San Jose University in 1949, where he again was drum major for the band. He was designated a regular officer in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation. In the Air Force, he was stationed in California, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Ohio, Washington, D.C., and overseas in Newfoundland and England. He retired in 1965, having served 26 years in all four branches of the military.

He taught school in California at Folsom State Prison, then moved to Prescott in 1966, where he taught at Prescott Junior High (now Mile High Middle School) for five years. He became an Assistant to the President of Prescott College and later was Director of Housing at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. In 1970, he received his Masters degree in History and Geography at NAU, Flagstaff. He retired a second time and became the Sequoia Signsmith for 20 years, painting and routing some 300 signs, most as gifts. He was known as "Mr. Timeline" having created with his wife, 10 timelines. Seven of those here in the tri-city area, two in Yuma at the Territorial Prison, Yuma State Park and one in Clarkston, Wash., for the Lewis and Clark Tri-centennial celebration.

He was a member of the First Congregational Church, where he served on the diaconate and the Board of Christian Education and was Head Usher for many years.

He served on the Friends of the Library Board, was a member of the Antique Auto Club and president of the Astronomy Club.

Fran transcribed his WWII diaries, and copies are at the U.S. Marine Corps Historical Library at Quantico, Va., and at the Institute on World War II & the Human Experience at Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla. He also recorded his war memories for the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

He and his wife, Tommie, served as foster parents for two of Mr. Wildman's junior high students and grandparents of an Embry-Riddle graduate.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, his son, Mark and Judith; three grandchildren, Maigan, Jennifer and Michael; brother, Jack of California; a half-brother, Glenn of California; a grandson, Martin and Vickie Elder of Indiana; three great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Micah and Sarah; a foster son, Bruce and Sandy Barton of Twin Falls, Idaho; adopted son, John and Janet Rodgers of Fair Oaks, Calif.; and dear friends, Jerry and Karen Rather of Parker, Ariz., and Steve Williams of Santa Barbara, Calif.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2006, at the First Congregational Church, 216 E. Gurley St., Prescott.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Kidney Foundation, 4203 E. Indian School Road, Suite #140, Phoenix, Ariz., 85008; the American Diabetes Association, 106 North Cortez St., P.O. Box 13141, Prescott, Ariz., 86304; 1st Congregational Church, 216 E. Gurley St., Prescott, Ariz., 86301 or KNAU, P.O. Box 5764, Flagstaff, Ariz., 86011.

The Arizona Ruffner Wakelin Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Information provided by survivors.


Robert S. Wilinski, 75, a former alderman of the 7th Ward on the South Side, died Friday [July 20, 1990] in Northwestern Memorial Hospital after apparently suffering a heart attack in his office at the Chicago Department of Health.

Mr. Wilinski had worked for the city Health Department for 10 years, most recently as an inquiry aide, investigating complaints received by the department. Earlier, he had worked in health code enforcement for the department.

In the 1970s Mr. Wilinski served for five years as alderman of the ward that included much of the South Shore and South Chicago neighborhoods.

Mr. Wilinski became an alderman in 1972 when he was elected to replace Ald. Nicholas Bohling, who resigned to become a judge.

In 1973, a federal judge ruled that the 7th Ward had been racially gerrymandered and ordered a special aldermanic election after the ward boundaries were redrawn. Mr. Wilinski bowed out of that election.

But the earlier boundaries were ordered restored on appeal, and in 1975 Mr. Wilinski regained his City Council seat. In 1979, Mr. Wilinski lost his seat to Joseph Bertrand in a runoff election.

Mr. Wilinski served in the Marine Corps during World War II and was a one-time Chicago Golden Gloves heavyweight boxing contender and a Catholic Youth Organization champion.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia, and a daughter, Carol.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday and from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday at Kuzniar Funeral Home, 8300 S. South Shore Dr. Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Michael`s Catholic Church, 8237 S. South Shore Dr.


Paul E. Wilkowski, 77, Perham, died Friday, March 22, 2002, in Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Mr. Wilkowski was born Jan. 6, 1925, in Perham, where he grew up and attended school. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II in the South Pacific. After his military discharge, he worked as a heavy equipment operator and bus driver in Minneapolis. He retired to Perham.

He is survived by two sisters, Rosemary (George) Borgerding, Dent, Minn., Betty (Clarence) Rutten, New York Mills, Minn.

Visitation: One hour before the funeral in the funeral home.

Funeral: Tuesday at 1:30 in Schoeneberger Funeral Home, Perham.

Burial: St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, Perham.


Lt. Col. Edwin S. Williams, (retired) U.S. Army, age 83, of Overland Park, Kan., died on Friday, July 13, 2007, at the Kansas City Hospice House.

He was born Aug. 15, 1923, in Oakland, Calif. He graduated from Polytechnic High School, San Francisco, in June 1941, and was a life member of the California Scholarship Federation.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps on January 2, 1942, and was discharged January 5, 1946 as a Platoon Sergeant. He spent 31 months in the Pacific Theater, including action with the 4th Marine Raider Battalion in the Central Solomons (Vangunu, Gatukai and New Georgia); and with B Co, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Mar. Div. on Peleliu and Okinawa.

He was wounded on both Peleliu and Okinawa. He received the Bronze Star with "V", two Purple Hearts, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, and Presidential Unit Citation for Peleliu and Okinawa, Asiatic Pacific ribbon with four stars, American Theater ribbon, and WWII Victory Medal.

After the war, he attended Santa Clara University, was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the national Jesuit honor society, in 1949 and graduated in June 1950 with a BSME degree.

He accepted a Regular Army commission as 2nd Lt, Field Artillery and served at battery, battalion and group level in a variety of command and staff positions, including Battery and Battalion Commands, in the U.S., Germany, Korea, and Vietnam. On June 18, 1954, he married Patrice Van Liew in Des Moines, Iowa. While on active duty, he received an MS in mechanical engineering degree from the University of Southern California in 1960.

He retired Jan. 1, 1972 with the rank of Lt. Col. His Army awards include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), Korean Defense Service Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal with three stars, Republic of Vietnam Service Medal with Device 1960-, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm (unit award), and the Joint Chiefs of Staff Identification Badge.

After his Army retirement, he worked for the Johnson County Community College for 20 years as database specialist. After retiring from the college on April 1, 1992, he was a volunteer driver for the VA hospital in Kansas City and delivered meals for the Johnson County Nutrition Program. He was active in his church as a lector and minister of the Eucharist. He was a life member of the 1st Marine Division Association, Marine Raider Association, the Retired Officer Association, and the Disabled American Veterans. He was preceded in death by his brother, Capt. Robert R. Williams, USAF (KIA, Korea, Dec. 1950).

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patrice; son, Kevin Williams (Ginny) of Independence, Mo.; and daughters Eileen Abaian (Jack) of Los Angeles, Deidre Brown (Johnny) of Goose Creek, S.C., and Shayla Ashmore of Susanville, Calif.; brothers George M. Williams, Charles Town, W.Va., and Henry C. Williams, Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Jean E. Haun, Windson, Calif.; 14 grandchildren, including H. Scott and Sean N. Gill and Brianna and William Ashmore, of Susanville, Calif.; one great–granddaughter and one great-grandson, and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

A rosary and viewing were held on Tuesday, July 17, at the Porter Funeral Home, in Lenexa, Kan. The Funeral Mass was held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 11300 W. 103rd St., Overland Park, Kan., on Wednesday, July 18. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa, Kan.

The family suggests donations to the American Cancer Society, Catholic Charities, the American Red Cross, or Army Mutual Aid, Ft. Leavenworth, Kan.


Two Adams County servicemen, Army Pvt. Edwin Haase of Odessa and Marine Pfc. William Williamson of Washtucna were killed in action during the last week.

They are the 15th and 16th Adams County men to make the supreme sacrifice during World War II and bring the total died in World War II up to 23 for Adams County.

Mr. and Mrs. Don Haase, Jr., of Odessa, received a telegram last weekend that their son, Edwin, was killed May 31 on Luzon. He joined the Army last fall and is survived by a daughter, Carol Lee, who makes her home with an uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Julius Winter. No additional information was available this week.

Pfc. Williamson was reported killed in action on Okinawa June 4 [1945] in a telegram received Saturday by his father, J. B. Williamson of Washtucna. He had served more than two years in the South Pacific and participated in many major engagements, including Guadalcanal, Munda, Bougainville, the Gilbert Islands and Guam. He was wounded during the invasion of Guam and spent three months in a hospital. He was awarded the Purple Heart July 25, 1944.

William Warren Williamson was born in Washtucna July 7, 1923, and attended Washtucna schools, being graduated from high school in 1942. He enlisted in the Marine Raiders group of the Marine Corps that same year and received his basic training at San Diego, Calif. In February, 1943, he was sent overseas.

Besides his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Lieut. (j.g.) Harold F. Williamson, patrol plane commander serving overseas in the European theater.


Ned H. Willman died September 17, 2007, in his home at The Springs, attended by his family and members of The Springs staff. He was born in Bovey, Minnesota, on December 2, 1919, to Agnes Belanger Willman and Arthur E. Willman.

The family moved to nearby Coleraine, where Ned's favorite pastimes included camping, fishing, swimming, hunting, skiing and snowshoeing. The second youngest of five children, he enjoyed a boyhood of remarkable freedom, which shaped his later independence and self-reliance. He graduated from Greenway High School in Coleraine and attended Itasca Junior College.

Enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he was among those recruited by Col. Evans F. Carlson and Capt. Jimmy Roosevelt to join the Marine Raiders, the first U.S. commando unit. Following boot camp, he served with the Second Raider Battalion, attaining the rank of sergeant. He served at Midway, Guadalcanal, Iwo Jima and Bougainville.

After the war ended, he graduated from Dunwoody Industrial Institute in Minneapolis and moved to Sidney, Montana, where he worked for Redgren Furnace and Sheet Metal.

In 1950, he married Phyllis B. Tvetan, formerly of Sherwood, North Dakota, and their daughter, Becki, was born in 1952. From 1957-1967 Ned operated a heating, air conditioning and sheet metal business in Sidney. In 1967 the family moved to Long Beach, California, where Ned's employment as a sheet metal mechanic leader at the U.S. Naval Shipyard involved work on such ships as the New Jersey, Coral Sea, Ticonderoga, Kitty Hawk and Missouri.

He retired in 1986, and he and Phyllis moved to Missoula to be near their daughter and her family.

Despite declining health in recent years, Ned never lost his quick wit and dry sense of humor. He faced the trials of aging with the same courage and stoicism which characterized his earlier life. He was deeply grateful to the dedicated staff of St. Patrick Hospital's Dialysis Center and The Springs and to his physicians, Dr. Meg Eddy and Dr. Diane Yahn.

Ned is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughter Becki (Kirk) Johnson, Missoula; brother Jack Willman, Riverside, California; sister Marion Rundle, Redlands, California; grandchildren Susannah (John) McVay-Ries, Spokane, Washington, and Colin (Elisha) McVay, Corvallis, Oregon; great-granddaughters Violet, McKenzie and Kylie; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorials to the Dialysis Center, in care of the St. Patrick Hospital Foundation.


Dean Winters, age 86, of American Fork, Utah passed away peacefully on June 8, 2008 surrounded by loved ones at his side, only three days after the death of his wife and one day before her funeral services.

He was born on November 25, 1921 in Hoytsville, Utah to Byron and Lola Bailey Winters. He was married to Donna E. Cleverly on March 13, 1944 in Coalville, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the Salt Lake Temple.

He loved animals, hunting, fishing, gardening and most of all he loved to cook. He joined the Marine Corps after Pearl Harbor; he became a Carlson’s Raider, Company "E" 2nd Raider Battalion, from its inception. Dean’s company was involved with the raid on Makin Island. The company was involved in action on Bougainville, Guadalcanal and Midway. The Raider units were dissolved and Dean was transferred to the 5th Marine Division, 2nd Battalion, Company "E" 28th Marines. Dean’s unit fought on Iwo Jima where he was present for the first flag raising on Mt. Suribachi and continued service until he was wounded severely on March 14, 1945. Dean was awarded the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation and Naval Unit Citation. He returned home and continued to recover from injuries throughout his life. He attended the University of Utah in Agriculture and continued civil service at Dugway Proving Grounds and Hill Air Force Base. He also owned a beaver ranch and Jada Lee Knits Hat Company. Dean and Donna served a LDS Mission in Canada, Alaska British Columbia Mission. His life was filled with love and service to his father, wife, children and grandchildren. He truly was a Man of Honor.

He is survived by his three brothers Jack, Donald and Tony. His three son’s John (Sharma) of Lehi, David (Kathy) of South Jordan and Bradley of Pleasant Grove, and daughters in law Norma and Debra; 19 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren with two more on the way. He was preceded in death by his wife Donna Elaine Cleverly Winters and his son Dean G. Winters Jr. "Mickey."

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 14, 2008, 11:00 am, at Mountain View Memorial Mortuary, 3115 East Bengal Boulevard (7800 South), Cottonwood Heights. A viewing will be held at the same location from 6-8 pm on Friday and one hour prior to services. Interment to follow at Mountain View Memorial Estates Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Disabled American Veterans.


John F. Wise, 89, of Waukesha, died Thursday, March 30, 2006, at Waukesha Springs.

He was born in Waukesha Jan. 26, 1917, to Fredrick and Constance (nee Miller) Wise. He proudly served his country from 1940 to 1946 in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, surviving two battles at Bougainville, two battles at Guadalcanal and the bombing of Midway. On July 8, 1944 he married the former Verna Sanders in San Diego, Calif. He had been employed for 35 years at Wisconsin Natural Gas, retiring at age 62. He was a member of Carlson’s Raiders, a group of Marines who had an article published about them in Life magazine. In retirement, he was an avid artist who painted acrylic and oil scenes of farmlands throughout Wisconsin. He enjoyed hunting, especially whitetail deer, pheasants, ducks and rabbits. He loved to fish in open water and ice fishing. He was a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan.

He will be missed by his wife Verna of Waukesha along with their sons, John (Sandra Lee) Wise of Madison, William (Dee) Wise of Oconomowoc and son-in-law Peter Bach; dear grandfather of Jennifer (William) Kutsunis, Jeffrey (Elena) Wise, Christine (Franz) Michels, Sara, Alissa, Peter John Bach and Amber and Justin Wise; proud great-grandfather of George and Alexander Kutsunis, Ryan and Danielle Figon, Rachel Lee Wise, Joshua Michels, Grace and Ava. He is further survived by his sister, Ginny Miller, niece, Connie (Paul) Rowe and great nephews Paulie and Kevin, all of Bayfield, Mass., other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Mary Katherin Wise Bach, on July 16, 2000, and his brother Angelus Wise who died while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II in the Philippines in the Bataan Death March.

Visitation will be held today, April 3, 2006, from 10:00 a.m. until the noon funeral service at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave. Graveside services to follow at Prairie Home Cemetery. Memorials in John’s name are appreciated to American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Greater Midwest Affiliate, Memorials and Tributes Lockbox, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674 or Disabled American Veterans, Waukesha Chapter #5, 1984 Rambling Rose Road, Waukesha, WI 53186-2822.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 547-4035


Allyn J. Withee, 80, died Nov. 19, 2005, at his home. He was born in New York, N.Y., and moved to Hobe Sound 16 years ago from Davie. He was a member of St. Christopher Catholic Church in Hobe Sound. Before retirement, he was a charter boat captain and owned and operated Irish Al's Limousine Service of Hobe Sound. He served in the Marine Corps as a Raider during WWII and received the Purple Heart. Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Barbara E. Withee, of Hobe Sound; sons, Shawn L. Withee of Miami and Steven E. Beckett of Stuart; daughter, Laurel Withee of Panama City; and three grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Martin/St. Lucie, Inc., 1201 S.E. Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997. Services: Services will be private. Arrangements are by Martin Funeral Home & Crematory, Stuart.


Joseph L. Wolf, age 85, a resident of Chillicothe, Mo., died on Saturday, December 15, 2007, in the Veteran's Hospital, Kansas City, Mo. Joseph was born the son of Daniel and Mamie (Cooper) Wolf on Oct. 10, 1922, in Farmersville, Mo. He was married to Frances Figg on Feb. 21, 1948, in Chillicothe. Joseph was a teacher for the North Kansas City School District from 1956 to 1982. He served in the United States Marines as a part of the 4th Marine Raiders from 1941 to 1945. He and his wife lived in the Hale area since 1987, moving from Gladstone and Kansas City area. He attended the United Methodist Church of Hale. Joseph graduated from Laredo High School in 1940 and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1951. He was a member of the Hale Lions Club, American Legion and VFW. Joseph is survived by his wife, Frances of Chillicothe; one son, Terry R. Wolf of Fairbanks, Alaska; one daughter, Marcia K. Wolf of Silver Spring, Md.; two brothers, Donald Wolf of Osceola, Mo., and Danny Wolf of San Jacinto, Calif.; two sisters, Anna Sayre of Kansas City, Mo., and Carol Moore of Ellensburg, Wash.; several nieces and nephews and several great-nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents; one stepbrother, Dick Fleshman; and stepmother, Agnes Wolf. Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, at the Lindley Funeral Home, Chillicothe. A family visitation will be held at Lindley Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at Stucker Cemetery, Laredo. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hale Lions Club or the Alzheimer's Association and may be left at the funeral home or mailed to Lindley Funeral Home, PO Box 47, Chillicothe, MO 64601 (660) 646-4857.


Harold Roy Wright, 90, of Little Rock, died peacefully in his sleep Friday, July 29, 2011. He was born to Raymond and Beulah Wright on January 12, 1921. Harold was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was a veteran of World War II where he served in the Pacific as a sergeant in the 2nd Raider Marine Battalion, known as "Carlson’s Raiders." He was a member of Unity Missionary Baptist Church and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother, Trula Wright, brothers, Bill and Raymond Wright and sister, Nell Hall. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Erma Haynes Wright; daughters, Jan Jolly and husband, Jim and Lynette Howard and husband, Gene; grandchildren, Sara Blancett, Walt Howard and Brad Howard, all of Little Rock; Dylan Blancett of Conway, Gina Farmer and husband, David of Memphis, Tennessee and Tracey Truby and husband, Chris of Kansas City, Missouri; seven great-grandsons; brothers, Carl Wright (Audrey) and Jim Wright (Lorene); and sister Louise Heathcock.

Services will be Monday, August 1, at 1:00 p.m. at Unity Missionary Baptist Church, 1223 S. Garfield, Little Rock, officiated by Rev. Mark Harris, followed by interment at Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, July 31 from 2-4 p.m. at Little Rock Funeral Home, 8801 Knoedl Ct. (NW corner I-630 and Barrow Rd.).

Memorials may be made in Harold’s name to the Salem Cemetery Trust Fund, c/o Richard Wilkerson, 3413 Lorance Dr., Little Rock, AR 72206 or to Arkansas Hospice, 14 Parkstone Circle, No. Little Rock, AR 72116.

Arrangements by Little Rock Funeral Home, (501)224-2200.


John Michael Yetsko of Bainbridge Island died Feb. 23, 2006 due to complications from Parkinson’s disease.

After a long and notable career in the U.S. military, and 20 more years of university and college administration, he and his wife of 60 years, Bonnie Hopper Yetsko, retired to Bainbridge Island in 2001, to be close to their family.

He was born Jan. 8, 1923, in Revloc, Penn., to Charles Casper and Esther Ellen (Carns) Yetsko. After attending St. Peter’s High School in McKeesport, Pa., he graduated from Holy Hills Carmelite Seminary, in Hubertus, Wis., a monastery of Friars of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

He began his military career serving sea duty for the U.S. Marines in England and Scotland. He served as a personal aide to President Franklin Roosevelt, while also attached to the USS Wichita commander, acting as consultant to the British Navy.

In 1942, he became a member of the elite U.S. Marine Corps Raiders, Carlson’s Raiders, 2nd, a select and secret group developed by President Roosevelt for purposes similar to the British Commandos and the Chinese guerilla resistance. James Roosevelt became the executive officer of the commando intelligence unit, as well as a lifelong friend.

He earned numerous commendations, citations and medals of valor in the Pacific Theater, including a Silver Star, five Bronze Stars, a Presidential Unit Citation with ribbon bar, and Navy Unit Commendation with ribbon bar for the Treasury-Bismarck Archipelago operation; Bougainville, Northern Solomons, Marianas, and Okinawa operations of the Asiatic Pacific campaign; as well as the European-African Campaign and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign.

Commanding General Geiger of the Fleet Marine Forces, Pacific, commended him as having "displayed brilliant tactical and exacting technical skill, and his outstanding qualities of leadership and constant devotion to duty were an inspiration to his men."

On September 2, 1945, he was one of eight U.S. Marines honored to escort his command at the signing of the Japanese Surrender on board the USS Missouri, in Tokyo Bay.

New Year’s Eve, 1942, in California only days prior to shipping out to the Pacific, he met the love of his life, Yvonne (Bonnie) Ellen Hopper, of Pasadena, CA. On New Year’s Day, their first date, they attended the Rose Bowl Game together.

For the next three years, while he served overseas during World War II, they shared their romance through hundreds of exchanged letters. Upon his return in 1945, their marriage began a life of 60 years together; never again to be separated.

For the next 15 years, with their two children, Debbie and Greg, and their dog, Mike, they traveled and lived abroad, sharing adventures in new cultures with new languages.

After his retirement from the U.S. Marine Corps, he enlisted in the U.S. Army as a career infantry intelligence specialist, where he taught Arctic wilderness survival and mountaineering training.

He completed worldwide service that included Asia, Europe, and the United States as an Intelligence and Operations Specialist including collections, interpretation, analysis of intelligence information and training and supervision of personnel. He worked once again with James Roosevelt through the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., until retirement.

He attended UCLA and the University of Alaska, and began a second career in university administration as a department director. For the next 20 years, he served on the staff of California Institute of Technology, in Pasadena, CA, and the University of California, in Long Beach; University of San Francisco; the University of Alaska; American University, in Washington, D.C.; and spent a number of years at Claremont McKenna University, in Claremont, CA, where he worked closely with CMC president Stark.

His great knowledge of history and love of literature, honed in the monastery, made him a voracious and knowledgeable reader. He was an accomplished amateur painter and sculptor, who enjoyed carving large ice carving creations for special events, both professional and family.

He shared his love of golf with his grandsons and nephews, playing where ever he was, whenever he could. With an eight handicap, he often successfully participated in amateur tournaments with friends at Brentwood and Via Verde Country Clubs in California.

Growing up near the woodlands of Pennsylvania, he had a lifelong love of nature and the outdoors, always professing a sense of wonder and awe. He was an avid mountain skier, as well as fisherman, equally at home in the mountains and on the sea.

He was preceded in death by his parents; by his brother Charles R. Yetsko, a medical corpsman killed in 1952 in the Korean War and sister, Virginia Yetsko.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie E. Yetsko, Bainbridge Island; his daughter Debbie Y. (Richard P.) Vancil, Bainbridge Island; grandson Ryan P. (Debbi Lester) Vancil; great-grandchildren Corbin Lester Vancil and Maddy Reeves Vancil; grandson Joshua P. (Carolina Y.) Vancil, Bainbridge Island; son Gregory J. Yetsko, grandson Daniel J. Yetsko and granddaughter Emily S. Yetsko, all of Ithaca, NY; nephew Dr. Gary Hopper, Monrovia, CA; niece Marcia A. Hopper Mantana, Idyllwild, CA; nephew Thomas Hopper, Sand Point, ID; nephew Edward Hopper, Hemet, CA; his sister Leah Turnsec, McKeesport, PA; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral mass will be held Thursday, March 9, at 11:00 A.M., followed by military honor guard and flag presentation ceremony at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, Bainbridge Island. A reception immediately follows at the Vancil family home on Bainbridge Island.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation in his name be offered to the Booth Gardner Parkinson’s Care Center, Evergreen Healthcare Foundation, Kirkland, WA, (425) 899-1900.

Arrangements are by Kass & Cook Family Funeral Home, Bainbridge Island.


Retired Chicago attorney Edward R. Youhas, a Homewood resident, died Dec. 11, 2004 at age 81 in South Suburban Hospital, Hazel Crest, after a heart attack. A Marine Raider in the South Pacific during World War II, he received the Purple Heart.

Mr. Youhas was an adjuster for the Maryland Casualty Co. in Chicago while he attended The John Marshall Law School. He graduated in 1970 and had a solo practice that included being a founder and counsel to the U.S. Marine Raider Association of Chicago.


PEORIA - Howard A. Young, 91, of Peoria passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Heartland Manor Care in Peoria.

He was born April 11, 1920, in Ashington, Northumberland, England, a son of William and Elizabeth Jean Mordue Young. He married DeMova Merchant on Nov. 4, 1941, in Canton, Mo. She survives.

Also surviving are two children, Lori (Ken) Hall of Germantown Hills and Greg Young of Peoria; three grandchildren, Chris Hall and Lisa Hall, both of Peoria, and Shane (Katy) Young of Glasford; six great-grandchildren, Hailee, Cameron, Connor, Caleb, Zach and Tyler; one brother, Jack (Virgie) Young of Champaign; and several nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Austin and George.

Howard was a U.S. Marine veteran, serving in the Carlson Raiders. He was part of the Makin Island Raid in 1942.

He was a member of the U.S. Marine Association, U.S. Marine Raider Association, and Timberlake Country Club in Peoria since 1959.

Howard was employed as a theater manager for Kerasotes Theatres for 30 years, later working in inventory control for Foster and Gallagher Inc., and retiring in 1983 from Jumer's Castle Lodge in Peoria as head of security.

He was an avid golfer who was instrumental in helping build the Timberlake golf course, and he enjoyed traveling.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 29, 2011, at Davison-Fulton Woodland Chapel in Peoria. Rev. Howard Love will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the chapel. Burial will be in Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria.

Memorials may be made to the Timberlake Country Club or ADDWC in Eureka.


James Lloyd Young, Jr., 71, of Houston passed away March 20, 1997. He was born December 28, 1925 in Yoakum, Texas and was retired from Dresser Industries with more 56 years of service. Mr. Young was married March 9, 1946 to Mary Ellen Rogillio, his wife of 51 years. He accepted Christ as Savior in November 1945, was active in Champion Forest Baptist Church Men's Bible Class, Christian conservative causes, Bible Study Fellowship. He was also a member of the first Klein High School football coaching staff. He enlisted in the armed forces at 17 and served in the 6th Marine Division on Guam, [4th] Raider Battalion Bougainville, received the Purple Heart for wounds received on Guam from a Japanese machine gunner, and was also wounded a second time. He was a proud American, Humble Christian servant, faithful husband, honorable friend, loving father, grandfather and a man of superior integrity. Surviving are his loving family; wife, Mary Ellen Young; Daughter and son-in-law, Lynn Guiloff Swearingen & husband Brian Dale; Son & daughter-in-law, Andrew Miles & Luciana Neves Young; Grandchildren, James Matthew Young & wife Melissa, Kellie Elizabeth Moore & husband Matthew, Tiffany Robin Guiloff, Tawny Nicole Guiloff, Kiley Brooke Swearingen, Timman Briann Swearingen; great-grandchildren, James Michael Young, Mackenzie Taylor Young, Sarah Elizabeth Moore; stepmother, Sue Young Rogers; brother-in-law, Joe B. Rogillio; sister-in-law, Virginia Rogillio. Services: 2pm, Saturday, Champion Forest Baptist Church with Dr. Damon Shook officiating, eulogy given by Rev. Tom Clawson. Memorials may be made to Miracles in Motion, 7426 Morley, Houston, Texas 77061.

Klein Funeral Homes & Memorial Parks, I613l Champion Forest Drive, 320-2674


Peter Paul Zangrillo of Darien, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps and opened a Darien golf range, died Monday, May 26 [2008], at Norwalk Hospital. He was 86.

Born May 14, 1922, in Darien, he was the son of the late May and Patsy Zangrillo. He was the oldest of five children: brothers Steve and Robert Zangrillo and his sisters, Ceil Danna and the late Ann Sherwood.

Mr. Zangrillo served in the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1945. He was a member of the elite 4th Marine Raiders [Battalion], for which he fought battles in Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam and Okinawa.

Mr. Zangrillo was involved with golf from a very early age. In his youth, he worked as a caddy at the Wee Burn Country Club in Darien. In 1949, he opened the Darien Golf Range, the first two-tiered driving range and miniature golf course of its kind.

The business closed in 1980 and its operations were moved up the street to the current location of the Darien Golf Center where he worked with his son, Dana, for the next 25 years. During his 50 years in the business, his family said, Mr. Zangrillo touched the lives of many — helping others as well as neighboring communities as a whole. Through these actions, he derived a great deal of pleasure, said his family.

He lived the later years of his life with son Dana and his family in New Canaan, and the final years of his life at Waveny Care Center.

Besides his son, Dana and his wife Connie, now of Redding, Mr. Zangrillo is survived by another son, Peter and his wife Haylie of Santa Fe, N.M.; three grandchildren, Emily, Ian and Drew of Redding; his brothers Steve of Darien and Robert of Silvermine; and sister Ceil Danna of Darien. He will be missed by many, the family said.

A memorial Mass will be held at 10 on Friday, May 30, at St. John R.C. Church, 1986 Post Road, Darien. Burial will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, Darien.

Memorial contributions may be made on behalf of his three grandchildren to the Redding Boys and Girls Club Lacrosse Program, P.O. Box 333, Redding Ridge, CT 06876.


Mr. Arthur Zebley passed away July 17, 2008, in Olathe. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday, July 21, 2008. Burial will be at Oak Lawn Memorial Gardens, Olathe. The family suggests contributions to Hospice of Olathe Medical Center and/or Good Samaritan Society of Olathe.

Arthur was born August 16, 1923 in Hays, Kan., living in Olathe since 1947. He served in the Marine Corps in the South Pacific during WWII from 1942-1945, and married Norma Langdon in 1945 (who preceded him in death in 2007). He established Century Wood Products in 1950 in Olathe.

Arthur was a member of the Olathe City Commission 1963-68 and served as Mayor in 1967-68, board of trustees Olathe Medical Center 1974-83, Johnson County Airport Commission 1975-77. He was honored "Citizen of the Year" in Olathe in 1983. He was an active member of Unity Village Church and served as president of the "Men of Unity" for several years. He was an active member of the Olathe Rotary Club for over 30 years having served as president. He is survived by his children; David (Sandy) Zebley, Olathe, Linda Zebley, Lawrence, Michael (Beth) Zebley, Olathe, and Chris (Anna) Zebley, of Shawnee, a sister, Mary Anne Miller, six grandchildren; Kelly, Angela, Andrew, Amy, Steve, and Ryan, twelve great-grandchildren; Justin, Hunter, Hayden, Halston, Jared, Cole, Hannah, Jessie, Van, Sydney, Macey and Jace.

(Arrangements by Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home & Crematory- 913-768-6777)


Stanley L. Zedekar died of heart failure Thursday [May 30, 2002] in his Port Angeles home at age 78.

He was born in Grundy Center, Iowa, to Laura and Laura Bernice (Robins) Zedekar.

Serving in the Marine Corps, he was with Carlson's [Raiders] and Coast Watch in the South Pacific during World War II and was an aviator, with the rank of captain, during the Korean War.

Mr. Zedekar received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts degree in agriculture from California Polytechnic State University, Pomona.

In Anaheim, Calif., he was an engineer for Autonetics, which is now the Boeing Co.; in Yuma, Ariz., he was president of AgriTech Development Corp.; at Norton Air Force Back in San Bernardino, Calif., he worked for TRW; after which he lived in Big Fork, Mont., before moving to Port Angeles one year ago.

Mr. Zedekar was an avid fisherman, enthusiastic chef, HAM radio operator, woodcarver, chess player and mycologist.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Marshalltown, Iowa, and former member in Big Fork, Mont., as well as belonging to the U.S. Chess Federation, Marines Memorial Association and Association of Naval Aviation, Inc.

His first marriage, in the 1950s, was at Las Vegas to Grace Protopapas; then, July 29, 1966, in Orange County, Calif., he married Charlotte Irena Main, who survives him.

Other survivors include sons Mark Stevenson of New York City and Greg Stevenson of New London, Conn.; and two grandchildren.

Services: Wednesday, June 12 at 10 a.m., memorial with full military honors in Pioneer Park, 387 E. Washington St., Sequim. Burial will be in Tahoma National Cemetery at Kent. Drennan & Ford Funeral Home, Port Angeles, is in charge.

Memorials: Marines Memorial Association, 609 Sutter Road, San Francisco, Calif. 94102.


Stephen Zeniak, 88, of Hackettstown, NJ, died Saturday, June 11, 2005, in Hackettstown Community Hospital, Hackettstown, NJ. Born June 6, 1917 in Passaic, NJ, he was a son of the late Michael and Catherine Dzubey Zeniak. He had lived in Independence Township since 1959. Prior to his retirement in 1979, he was employed as a machine operator at Bergen Machine and Tool Co., Hackettstown. He was a U.S Marine Corps veteran of World War II and served as a Gunnery Sergeant with the "Edson Raiders," an elite fighting force for the U.S. Marine Corps, which he was awarded a Purple Heart. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the American Legion in Hackettstown and the Marine Corps League. Survivors: his wife, Olga Lubarsky Zeniak; two daughters, Kathryn Pacholek, of Great Meadows, NJ, and Patricia Dooley, of Andover, NJ; a brother, William Martin, of Bloomfield, NJ, and two grandchildren, Sarah and Emily Dooley. Services: 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High St., Hackettstown, NJ. Call from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home. Burial will be in Pequest Union Cemetery, Great Meadows, NJ. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to "Toys for Tots" in care of Picattiny Arsenal.

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